Foote Prints THE FOOTE SCHOOL • NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT • SUMMER/FALL 2013 • VOL. 40, NO. 2
Celebrating the Arts
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Foote Prints Contents Spotlight 2
Creative Learning at Foote by Carol Maoz
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The Arts at Foote Graduation 2013 Foote 2013 Commencement Address Eighth Grade Recognition Day Accolades Board of Directors Update
Around Campus 18 Field Day 19 May Day 20 News and Notes Report of Giving 26 From the Director of Development 28 Annual Donor Report Alumni 42 66 68
Class Notes Reunion Day 2013 Why I Help Girls in Ethiopia Find Their Voices by Danielle Flagg ’81
Foote Prints is published twice a year for alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends. Editor Jane Gordon Andy Bromage Class Notes Editor Danielle Plante Design Thea A. Moritz Contributors Maria Granquist, Ann Baker Pepe Photography Judy Sirota Rosenthal For the latest in news and events visit us at www.footeschool.org Board of Directors Richard Bershtein, President Kim Bohen Judith Chevalier, Treasurer Constance Clement ’62 Jaime Cole, PTC Co-President James B. Farnam ’65 Christina Herrick, PTC Co-President George Knight Nadine Koobatian Richard Lee, Vice President Cindy Leffell, Vice President Glenn Levin, Secretary Bruce Mandell Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Stephen Murphy Zehra Patwa, Vice President Kathy Priest Robert Sandine Jane Shipp David Soper Annie Wareck ’85 Kiran Zaman Ex-Officio Carol Maoz, Head of School Cover: Kindergarten student Rayna Ma concentrates on her art project. Foote’s focus on the arts has a lifelong impact on students.
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FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Creative Learning at Foote One characteristic that truly sets Foote apart from other schools is the strength, depth and range of its arts programs, and the many ways art is integrated across the curriculum. Alumni stories make it clear that art has been highly valued at Foote for many years. It seems that everyone who visits the campus — prospective families, grandparents, those interviewing for faculty positions, even the architects we’ve met with about recent construction — comments on the art displayed throughout the school. Those who attend assemblies sing the praises of our music department, and those lucky enough to be on campus for a play are amazed at the performances of our elementary and middle school students. This issue of Foote Prints highlights some of the ways that art is part of daily life at Foote. It is an interesting example of how the school’s early practices — based on the intuitive, philosophical and pedagogical beliefs of Foote’s first teachers and administrators — have been affirmed by recent neuroscience research. Many well-regarded studies demonstrate that the integration of art improves comprehension and long-term retention of information of all kinds. In the last two decades brain researchers have begun to understand some of the reasons this is true. Studio art allows students to work from an idea to a completed project, assessing progress along the way, and adjusting or correcting as needed. The various processes employed in drawing, painting, sculpting, photographing, etc. help children recognize new skills in themselves and others. There are opportunities to work both independently and collaboratively, skills that have been highlighted in recent years as particularly important for successful adults.
Carol Maoz is part of a still life for a third grade art class.
As I listen to our young students composing original melodies and lyrics in music class, it is obvious that they understand there is not a single “correct answer.” Creativity, humor, and previous knowledge all play a role in their suggestions. Art often requires that students bring their own interests, preferences and experiences to a project. They can create multiple correct pathways to a solution. Art provides good opportunities for healthy risk taking and for testing new ideas. It encourages original and divergent thinking.
Drama is known for developing children’s confidence and providing good practice in the important skill of speaking before an audience. It also provides opportunities for students to bring characters to life in personal, individual ways, and to practice respect for others as they do the same. I’ve noticed that after the final performance of each show at Foote the student performers express an overwhelming feeling of appreciation of the contribution of every single participant — whether they were on stage or off, had many lines or just a few. There aren’t many experiences that build as strong a sense of teamwork as a play! Foote Prints
Praise for Hard Work What I like best about the arts at Foote is the joy apparent on the faces and in the excited voices of children as they create, rehearse and perform. Art thrives beyond the arts programs and supports the broader curriculum in countless ways. Alumni have demonstrated to me that verses of favorite songs they learned in early French or Spanish classes are with them still, and future Foote alums will have a repertoire of Chinese songs, too! Sixth graders who study the knights at the round table deepen their understanding by crafting armor from malleable metal, and fourth graders develop Mondrian-like paintings of the states they are researching for the annual Fifty State Fair. I am impressed by the careful observational drawings ninth graders create based on their fieldwork in the West River. For many of them, their practice at observational drawing began ten years earlier, with painstaking kindergarten work depicting the blooming amaryllis in their classroom and continued with careful drawings during the fifth grade trip to Deer Lake. This year the ninth grade travelers to China incorporated sketching into their exploration of various historic sites, and the small pencil drawings they brought home made it clear how much more one sees when sketching! This fall we will celebrate Arts Day on September 27. It will be a day to step out of routines, try new projects, develop new skills, think in new ways. It will be another example of the many ways Foote students have a richer and more memorable learning experience because of the school’s strong commitment to the arts.
Carol Maoz Head of School Summer/Fall 2013
Can too much praise be a bad thing for children? It can if it’s the wrong kind of praise, according to Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. Dweck has spent years researching how positive reinforcement affects students’ ability to grow and learn. By studying a cross-section of students at a range of schools, she discovered that those praised for their natural talents — “You’re so gifted!” — often avoided new challenges for fear of failure. Children praised for their hard work, by contrast, were more likely to rise to new challenges and view them as chances for self-improvement. Dweck’s 2012 book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, was one of three books selected by Foote’s Professional Development Committee for faculty summer reading and opening day discussions. In it, Dweck suggests there are two types of learners. Those with a “fixed mindset” believe talents and abilities are innate and cannot be improved upon. Those with a “growth mindset” believe they can advance through hard work and persistence. “In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb,” Dweck explained in a 2012 interview. “In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” In New York City public schools, Dweck studied how 400 fifth-graders reacted to praise after completing puzzles as part of an IQ test. At random, some students were praised for their intelligence (“You must be smart at this”), while others were lauded for effort (“You must have worked really hard”). When students were offered a choice of puzzles for the second round — one hard, the other easy — 90 percent of those praised for effort chose the harder puzzle. A majority of those praised for intelligence selected the easier one. In another study, Dweck explored whether teaching students about growth mindset could improve their achievement. One set of students was given an article that said, “You can grow your intelligence. New research shows the brain can be developed like a muscle.” “This riveted the students! They loved learning about the brain,” Dweck remarked in another interview. “They’d never thought about it, how it worked. They never realized that what they did had a direct impact on their brain and the connections it made. And a lot of the students who had no interest in the workshop suddenly participated vigorously.” Dweck’s research demonstrates the importance of perseverance, one of the five qualities Foote students are asked to demonstrate as part of “Falco’s PRIDE” — Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, and Excellence. In the opening days of school, teachers discussed their summer reading and considered strategies to encourage a growth mindset and increased understanding of how our brains are shaped and strengthened by our efforts.
Cultivating a Lifelong Love of the
Anjali Tandon considers colors as she creates a value scale (grade 4).
Starting in kindergarten and becoming more sophisticated as the years pass, Foote’s programs in the arts are comprehensive and multi-faceted. From the polished choral presentations that are so often a part of All School assemblies, to the frequently astonishing art exhibits that cover the walls in the hallways of the main building and now the Milikowsky Building, to the drama classes and plays that make serious actors of amateurs, the influence of Foote arts is felt by graduates long after they have said goodbye to Loomis Place. Foote’s philosophy is the driving force behind the success of the arts program. Where untold numbers of public schools have dropped their art, theater and music programs due to rising costs, Foote has been a locomotive in the arts world. Graduates have gone on to acting, producing and technical careers in theater and film. They have become writers of books, scripts and plays. They make their livings as singers, dancers and musicians. And perhaps most important, they leave Foote as educated audience members. The philosopher Sophocles said, “Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.” A good education in the arts foretells a life of joy.
“To me, the most important aspect of teaching drama — as I feel it should be for all disciplines — is respecting and honoring the individual student. That begins with listening to him or her — really listening.” — JULIAN SCHLUSBERG, DRAMA TEACHER They are classic plays — Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” James Barrie’s “Peter Pan.” In all, Julian has directed 150 productions in educational theater during his career. Walk into the music rooms and watch as Ellen Velardi, the chair of the music department, stands in front of her students, working on a song. “Our goal is
to get the students to be joyous music makers,” she says, “to give them enough background in music reading and ensemble work so they can be knowledgeable music consumers.” Stroll into the art rooms and see students drawing their own likenesses from photographs, or painting still lifes, or viewing live models seated in chairs that they try to recreate in the style of Henri Matisse.
Walk into the Sandine Theater on any given day and watch Julian Schlusberg, our award-winning drama teacher, speak with great respect to the smallest of children. “To me, the most important aspect of teaching drama — as I feel it should be for all disciplines — is respecting and honoring the individual student,” he says. “That begins with listening to him or her — really listening.” Each year, interested seventh and eighth graders present a play during the month of December, and the ninth grade presents its play in February. Summer/Fall 2013
Natalie DiMario sings “Stars” from Les Misérables at the Ninth Grade Poetry Cabaret.
Art Department Chair Karla Matheny has her philosophy posted on her blog, part of which reads: “The process begins by creating an inviting and inspiring classroom environment designed to spark students’ imaginations and put their creativity to work through hands-on lessons that build confidence and skills and cater to their individual learning styles. Students also learn the forms, techniques, and languages of art by being exposed to art history and the work of renowned artists the world over and apply these lessons to their own work.” For her 24 years at Foote, she has coupled that philosophy with a personality that positively glows in the classroom. “I love my job and adore the kids,” she says. That approach resonates with all the arts teachers. Says Julian, “Children of all ages — especially those in elementary/middle school — need reinforcement, guidance and teachers and other adults who believe in them as they begin to create an identity and figure out how they fit into the world.”
Rachel Brennan and Shafton Haley (9) present “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
“The process begins by creating an inviting and inspiring classroom environment designed to spark students’ imaginations and put their creativity to work through handson lessons that build confidence and skills and cater to their individual learning styles.” —
KARLA MATHENY, ART TEACHER
Kyle Gelzinis (8) and James Deakin (8) in Peter Pan N'dasia Smith and Christophe Bagley (9) in The Admirable Crichton
The Final Performance The ninth grade Poetry Cabaret is the culmination of a Foote student’s arts and English education, combining the skills of song, dance, musical instruments, poetry recitation, acting, and more. Teacher Michael Milburn, a published poet, begins to work with students on the cabaret at least a month beforehand, and one day in early May, he stands in the Sandine Theater, issuing directives, listening to students’ concerns, fiddling with lights. Students move about the stage or sit in chairs surrounding it. High standards are the norm at the Poetry Cabaret, which Michael Milburn has been honing since 1994, the year he arrived at Foote. He encourages students to mix art forms. For many of them, after they have learned the various disciplines required to pull off such a feat, this is the most artistic freedom they have ever been able to display publicly. The audience — their parents, relatives, teachers, and family friends are moved beyond words as they witness the talent, insights, creativity, and passion that the students bring forth. This culminating experience, the Poetry Cabaret encourages and in fact requires our oldest students to take risks, experiment, and to dig deeper than they may have ever done to understand who they are and what is important to them. It is a wildly creative endeavor, and the students embrace it. A perfect ending to their Foote School career and a perfect beginning to the next phase in their lives.
Leila Sachner, Izzy Lent and Justine Hooks recite “Brother” by Sarah Kay at the Ninth Grade Poetry Cabaret.
Jared Milazzo presents “Atlantis” by Shane Koyczan.
George Wildridge recites “Superman” by Mike Taylor.
The Class of 2013 on graduation day. With 32 students, it was one of the largest ninth grade classes in the school’s history.
In one of the largest ninth grade classes in recent memory, 32 students bade farewell to Foote.
Anika Zetterberg and Lawson Buhl would be the correspondents for the Class of 2013.
Graduation speaker and Foote alumna Ai-jen Poo ’89 reminisced about her days at Foote, and connected those days to her life experience. Ai-jen, an activist and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, spoke of overcoming fear in John Cunningham’s eighth grade science class to pursue a project on the AIDS virus, interviewing those suffering with AIDS and debunking the myths regarding it. She advised students to care for themselves mentally and physically, and encouraged them to be a force for good in the world. (Read Ai-jen’s speech on Page 10)
Retiring Admissions Director Laura Altshul led the ceremonies with a reflection. Laura served Foote for 43 years as a kindergarten teacher, the Letterland Lady, and admissions
Foote alumna Elizabeth Daley-Draghi ’77 welcomed the new graduates as Foote alumni and announced that 8
Polly Fiddler, art teacher from 1978–2009, was completely surprised to receive the Hannah Lee Diploma.
director; was a founder of Footebridge, which combined a comprehensive summer program for kindergarten and first grade students from New Haven public schools with a teacher training program; and cofounded STARS, Saturday morning collaborations with neighborhood public schools that offer crafts, cooking, multi-media, and cultural programs to students. The audience gave her a rousing round of applause. Class President Jared Milazzo welcomed families, faculty, staff, and guests. To bolster a recurring theme this year, Isabelle Lent announced that the Ninth Grade Class Gift would be used for financial aid for students. Parent Leslie Palumbo, mother of Nick, announced that the Ninth Grade Parents Farewell Gift would also be directed toward financial aid.
Leila Sachner receives a congratulatory hug from her mom, Isabel Chenoweth.
Then the Hannah Lee Diploma was announced by ninth graders Rachel Brennan, Nick Palumbo, and Katie Martin. The recipient: beloved Foote art teacher Polly Fiddler, who is still a frequent visitor and familiar face at Foote. Stunned by the announcement, Polly slowly stood up in the back of the gym, tears streaming down her face. Once she reached the lectern, she said, “I just never in my whole life thought this would happen to me. It’s a miracle, and I thank you.” Head of Middle School John Turner announced that the Ninth Grade Academic Achievement Award had been awarded to Caitlin Chiocchio and Leila Sachner, with honorable mentions to Justine Hooks and Anika
Zetterberg. The Athletic Achievement Award was given to Caroline Soper and Dominique Williams. The Margaret B. Hitchcock Prize was awarded to Katie Martin.
Secondary School Matriculations Charlotte Beebe
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The Jean Shepler Fine Arts Prize went to Caitlin Chiocchio and Natalie DiMario.
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Head of School Carol Maoz announced that the recipient of the Foote School Prize was Jared Milazzo. The prize is awarded to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of the school and who has demonstrated leadership, school spirit, love of learning, generosity of heart and service to others.
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Caroline Soper and George Wildridge presented a slideshow of class memories, set to music, that elicited roars of approval from the audience. The Ninth Grade Handbell Elective, Ninth Grade Steel Band Elective and Ninth Grade Guitar Elective delighted all with their performances.
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Ninth graders then formed a receiving line outside the gym, greeting guests and teachers before joining the crowd in a tent for a luncheon to celebrate their achievements. Congratulations and best wishes to them all.
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Lawson Buhl Sasha Cadariu
Amity High School
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Ella Cowan de Wolf
Miss Porter's School
Ian Dunning Mateusz Dziuda
North Haven High School Cheshire Academy
Sherman Goldblum Hamden Hall Country Day School
Chandler Hutcherson Andrew Jordan
Carson McCarns Dylan Miko
St. Joseph's High School Hamden Hall Country Day School
Branford High School Cheshire Academy
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Abby Clarke ’13 with her parents, Paul Clarke and Karen Bowen-Clarke
Foote 2013 Commencement Address Good morning. In June of 1989, I stood up on this stage, nervous and excited to graduate from the ninth grade. Foote School looked a little different in those days: older buildings, less diversity. If you were there, you might remember that in the 80s, we all wore Jams — these bright colored shorts with big flowers on them. Let’s just say, those were not the best of times for fashion. Needless to say, I’m very happy about all of these changes at the Foote School. But there are some parts of the Foote school experience that are in the unchanging DNA of this institution, that have become part of my DNA, and for which I will always be grateful. I hope that you will carry them with you as well, as gifts of the Foote school experience — as you graduate. The first is about overcoming fear in the search for truth. Mr. Cunningham was my science teacher and my homeroom teacher. For my science fair project in eighth grade, I chose to
do my project on the AIDS virus. It was in the 80s, when so much was still unknown about the virus. People were dying everywhere. We knew it was contagious, but there were still so many myths out there and very few treatments. My project was to research the myths and facts, and to interview people who were HIV positive and hear their stories first hand. I remember being afraid doing those interviews. From the beginning, Mr. Cunningham supported me, encouraged the project and taught me that ultimately both science and story are about the pursuit of truth. He helped me push through my fears to tell the story of HIV positive people in a way only I could. Here at Foote, I learned that in the pursuit of truth, particularly when it takes you into the unknown, beyond your fears, you not only uncover important things about how the universe works, but you find your own truth and voice. We live in fast moving times. So much is uncertain — climate change, the
Ai-jen Poo ’89
economy, technology, demographics. Change is all around us. The ability to move through our fears and lean into the unknown, in the search for truth will be key. The second is about taking care of our whole selves. For those of you who are wondering, in the grey vs. maroon wars, I was maroon. It was here at Foote, under the guidance of Mr. Willis, who I believe is retiring this year, that I learned the importance of play, healthy competition, taking care of our physical well being. From May Days to soccer, at Foote we were challenged to develop ourselves as whole human beings, including our physical well-being. This has remained important to me, as it has helped me maintain a healthy balance in life, making time for the outdoors, for exercise, for yoga. This may not sound important to you now, but taking care of your physical health and well-being, getting out there and running around in whatever way works for you, is key to everything else in life working.
Anika Zetterberg, Shelby Olivieri, Isabelle Lent, and Nicholas Palumbo after the ceremony
Finally, at Foote I learned that each of us can be a force for good in the world. In these buildings, I learned French. I couldn’t have known this at Foote Prints
the time, but those skills helped me communicate with French speaking African domestic workers who were trafficked to New York City, who I was able to assist in their escape from modern day slavery conditions. Even more important than the actual language skills, I learned the important values that brought me into relationship with those courageous women who defied the odds to seek justice after having suffered tremendous abuse. I learned about how languages can connect us across borders, and they should connect us to the human experience around the world. Everyone experiences crisis, disappointment, love, hope, fear, and courage. In French class, Mademoiselle Byers shared stories and videos from the Albert Schweitzer center, a safe haven for stigmatized people in Haiti, and challenged us to think about how we might connect to their experiences. It was at Foote that I joined Amnesty International, and wrote my first letters about ending violence against women. It was here that I learned that we are fundamentally interconnected as people, and that each of us has a unique role to play in making the world a better place.
Laura Altshul and Ted Willis, both retiring this year after 43 years of service at Foote, enjoy graduation.
I have a special place in my heart for Mr. Perrine, who was our principal at the time. His love and encouragement helped me find my moral compass as a young person. His support was so strong it survived an unfortunate incident involving me, a bottle of Peachtree schnapps and some unruly behavior at a school dance. I’ll never forget some of the teachers and mentors I found here at Foote. I know that all of you have your own lessons, memories and mentors who you will carry with you as you graduate. Know that they are now and for-
Katie Martin, Caitlin Chiocchio, Shafton Haley, Caroline Soper, and Natalie DiMario, ready to graduate
ever at your disposal as you find your truth, and discover your own capacity as a force for good. In the meantime, take good care of your whole self, and stay connected. Many, many congratulations to the class of 2013. —Ai-jen Poo ’89 Ai-jen Poo '89, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she cofounded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, which resulted in the formation of the NDWA. Among Ai-jen’s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. After Foote, Ai-jen attended Phillips Academy Andover and received a B.A. from Columbia University.
Eighth Grade Recognition Day
The Class of 2014 gathers with their advisers before the Eighth Grade Recognition Day Assembly.
Club and activities leaders passed the reins to their successors at Eighth Grade Recognition Day. Honors were announced at the ceremony as well, which was led by Student Council President Sherman Goldblum on Tuesday, June 11, in the Hosley Gymnasium.
of departing eighth grader Anees Patwa, announced that the Eighth Grade Parents Farewell Gift would go toward the new playscape on the middle school recess field.
mentions were earned by Max Karlan, John Koobatian, Anees Patwa, and Holden Turner. (Editor’s note: Because of a clerical error, Holden’s name was not announced at the assembly.)
Sherman announced that this year’s Student Council Gift would be given to the American Cancer Society in memory of Melissa Jamidar, the mother of seventh grader Tristan Jamidar. The gift will be directed toward research into pancreatic cancer, which took Melissa’s life on April 30.
Eighth Grade Athletic Awards are given to students who have participated in sports at Foote during all three seasons, demonstrating throughout the year high levels of skill, sportsmanship, leadership, spirit, and effort. Head of Middle School John Turner announced that girls’ athletic awards were given to Elise Cobb and Virginia Stanley. The boys’ athletic award was given to Chase Douglas.
Justine Hooks, the editor of Footenotes, the school’s literary magazine, announced that this year’s issue was dedicated to longtime Footenotes advisor and retiring Admissions Director Laura Altshul. In a similar vein, Lily James and Jared Milazzo, the editors of Foote Steps, the school’s yearbook, dedicated this year’s issue to retiring Athletic Director Ted Willis.
Sherman also announced that the 2013–14 Student Council president would be Kyle Gelzinis. (See box at right for a complete list of 2013–14 student leadership positions.) Foote board member Zehra Patwa, mother
John Turner also announced the recipients of the Eighth Grade Academic Prize, given this year to two students, Nathan Chang and Virginia Stanley, who had the highest grade averages for the eighth grade year. Honorable
Head of School Carol Maoz, Head of Middle School John Turner, and Assistant Head of Middle School Liam Considine presented each departing eighth grader with a Foote School certificate.
Eighth Graders will attend the following schools: Robinson Armour The Foote School Ben Barton The Foote School Caroline Berbarian Sacred Heart Academy Anastasia Blaisdell Lauralton Hall Nathaniel Bogardus The Foote School Tyler Brown-Ortiz Notre Dame High School Nathan Chang Choate Rosemary Hall Elise Cobb Choate Rosemary Hall Declan Colberg The Foote School Rody Conway The Foote School Tommy Craft The Foote School Morgan Curtis Choate Rosemary Hall Marcelo De La Mora Hopkins School James Deakin Choate Rosemary Hall Matthew Diemand The Foote School Chase Douglas The Foote School Linda Essery Loomis Chaffee School Juliet Friedman The Foote School
Patrick Gallagher The Foote School Kyle Gelzinis The Foote School Sarah Gillis Holderness School Claudia Horvath Diano Choate Rosemary Hall Thor Illick The Foote School Henry Jacob The Foote School Lily James Choate Rosemary Hall Courtney Joshua The Foote School Max Karlan Hopkins School Nicholas Kenn de Balinthazy The Foote School Logan Knight Deerfield Academy John Koobatian Phillips Academy Andover Daniel Kuriakose The Foote School Elena Levin Choate Rosemary Hall Sophia Matthes-Theriault The Foote School Abby McCabe The Foote School Natalie Muskin The Foote School Noah Nyhart The Foote School Amelia O'Keefe The Foote School Coral Ortiz-Diaz Hamden High School Anees Patwa Hopkins School Will Raccio The Foote School Gemma Raymond The Foote School Simon Schaefer The Foote School Taylor Smooke Westover School Virginia Stanley Choate Rosemary Hall Annika Swift Taft School Duncan Tam Hopkins School Timothy Tompkins Hopkinton High School (MA) Holden Turner Hopkins School Sasha Valone The Foote School Adam Velardi Amity High School Sarah Volk The Foote School Sophie Weiss Hopkins School Alyssa Zhou Choate Rosemary Hall
Caroline Soper and Abby Clarke announce new leadership for F-STAND, Foote Students Against Negativity and Discrimination
Leadership Roles for the 2013â€“14 School Year NINTH GRADE PRESIDENT Nate Bogardus STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT Kyle Gelzinis AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Edie Conekin-Tooze, Elizabeth Koobatian, Anya Wareck CHINA AMBASSADORS Amelia O'Keefe, Will Raccio CHORUS Abby McCabe, Hannah Volk, Sarah Volk COMMUNITY SERVICE Natalie Muskin, Amelia O'Keefe, Julie Perrino, Lindsay Wiehl ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION GROUP Jonah Berman, Head Jared O'Hare, Assistant Head Zach Pine-Maher, Assistant Head F-STAND Juliet Friedman FOOTENOTES Literary Magazine Tristan Jamidar, Nico Kenn de Balinthazy, Donovan Lynch FOOTE STEPS Yearbook Will Raccio, Anli Raymond JAZZ ROCK ENSEMBLE Daniel Kuriakose, Dani Zanuttini-Frank MODEL CONGRESS Rody Conway, Patrick Gallagher, Nico Kenn de Balinthazy, Noah Nyhart, Simon Schaefer SPI Student Newspaper Liza MacKeen-Shapiro, Neal Sarin
Eighth grade drummers celebrate summer
Friends walk together to year-end festivities
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Accolades 2013 Congratulations to members of the Foote School student body who have received awards and recognitions.
CONTINENTAL MATHEMATICS LEAGUE (Ninth Grade Level Mathematics)
GRADUATION AND EIGHTH GRADE RECOGNITION
The Foote School Team placed first regionally. Team members: Rachel Brennan, Lawson Buhl, Sasha Cadariu, Caitlin Chiocchio, Ella Cowan de Wolf, Ian Dunning, Matt Dziuda, Justine Hooks, Andrew Jordan, Jared Milazzo, Ian Ono-Gerow, Leila Sachner, Caroline Soper, George Wildridge, Dominique Williams, Anika Zetterberg
The Foote School Prize Jared Milazzo The Margaret B. Hitchcock Prize Katie Martin Ninth Grade Academic Achievement Award Caitlin Chiocchio, Leila Sachner Honorable Mention: Justine Hooks, Anika Zetterberg
Dominique Williams placed first individually in the region. Ian OnoGerow and Anika Zetterberg received honorable mentions.
Eighth Grade Academic Achievement Award Nathan Chang, Virginia Stanley Honorable Mention: Max Karlan, John Koobatian, Anees Patwa, Holden Turner
AMERICAN MATHEMATICS CONTEST Sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America (grades 6, 7, 8)
(due to a clerical error, Holden Turner’s name was not announced at the ceremony)
Max Karlan was the overall school winner for the contest.
Jean B. Shepler Fine Arts Prize Caitlin Chiocchio, Natalie DiMario
Honor Roll (represents the top 5 percent of more than 2,300 competing U.S. schools and schools abroad) Max Karlan Alyssa Zhou
The Barbara Riley History Writing Prize Henry Jacob Ninth Grade Athletic Awards Caroline Soper, Dominique Williams Eighth Grade Athletic Awards Elise Cobb, Chase Douglas, Virginia Stanley Class of 2013 Class Correspondents Lawson Buhl and Anika Zetterberg
Sixth Grade Clara Li, first place Amelia Berk, second place Sara Amar, Grady Bohen, George Kosinski, Charles Mason, Justin Ye, third place Seventh Grade Jonah Berman, Dani Zanuttini-Frank, first place Elliot Sawyer-Kaplan, Evan Schott, Rebecca Radebold, second place Neal Sarin, third place Eighth Grade Max Karlan, first place Alyssa Zhou, second place Daniel Kuriakose, third place
NEW ENGLAND MATHEMATICS LEAGUE Eighth Grade Team The Foote team placed third regionally. Team members: Ben Barton, Nathan Chang, Tommy Craft, John Koobatian, Sasha Valone, Alyssa Zhou Seventh Grade Team The Foote team placed second regionally. Team members: Jonah Berman, Matt Carroll, Nandini Erodula, Rebecca Radebold, Dani Zanuttini-Frank Sixth Grade Team The team won first in the region and placed 19th in a field of 109 schools. Grady Bohen, Eliot Carlson, and Edith Conekin-Tooze placed second, third, and fourth, respectively, in the region. Team members: Kara Amar, Grady Bohen, Eliot Carlson, Rob Chiocchio, Edith Conekin-Tooze, Sam Curtis, Liam Podos, Damon Swift MODEL CONGRESS AWARDS Held at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Model Congress included almost 200 middle school students from 13 independent schools. Sixteen of 19 legislative bills presented by Foote students passed in their respective committees. The bill, “An Act to Ban First Responder Fees,” presented by eighth graders Elise Cobb and Alyssa Zhou, was selected by the House Agriculture and Interior Committee for debate in the full session and was subsequently passed. Honorable Mentions for Best Legislator: Rody Conway James Deakin Marcelo De La Mora Noah Hermes-DeBoor Nico Kenn de Balinthazy Donovan Lynch Foote Prints
Edward Martin Noah Nyhart Duncan Tam Daniel Zanuttini-Frank Golden Gavel for Best Legislator: Charles Shaw National Latin Exam 2013 About 154,000 students from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries took the National Latin Exam, which consisted of 40 questions on a variety of topics including grammar and syntax, Latin sayings and mottoes, and Roman history, religion and culture. Awards were given to students who scored above the national average. Forty-eight Foote Latin students received awards. Ninth Grade Summa cum laude with a gold medal Dominique Williams Magna cum laude Caitlin Chiocchio Justine Hooks Eighth Grade Summa cum laude with a gold medal Nathan Chang Annika Swift Holden Turner Maxima cum laude with a silver medal Robinson Armour Rody Conway Henry Jacob Simon Schaefer Virginia Stanley Sasha Valone Alyssa Zhou
Cum laude Benjamin Barton Nate Bogardus Matt Diemand Claudia Horvath-Diano Lily James Max Karlan Logan Knight John Koobatian Elena Levin Sarah Volk
CT COUNCIL OF LANGUAGE TEACHERS POETRY RECITATION CONTEST
Seventh Grade Introduction to Latin certificates
Certificate of Outstanding Achievement and a ribbon Jonah Berman Donovan Lynch Liza MacKeen-Shapiro Madison Mandell Lucio Moscarini Hannah Price Helen Ruger Rebecca Radebold Madison Sakheim Daniel Zanuttini-Frank Certificate of Achievement Nandini Erodula Elsa Rose Farnam Tess Friedman Hagan Gasimov Li Goldstein Siddhartha Lewis-Hayre Edward Martin Sydney Osborne Neal Sarin Zev York
More than 600 students from schools throughout Connecticut registered to compete in 16 languages for the event. Eight Foote students earned either a first, second, or third place medal in the categories in which they were entered.
French, High School 1 Daniel Zanuttini-Frank, first place Spanish, High School 1 Donovan Lynch, second place Latin, Middle School 1 Noah Hermes de Boor, first place Eighth Grade Spanish, High School 2 Claudia Horvath-Diano, third place Latin, Middle School 2 Anees Patwa, second place Ninth Grade French, High School 3 Caroline Soper, second place Spanish, High School 3 Abby Clarke, second place Latin, High School 2, Caitlin Chiocchio, second place MAROON AND GREY AWARD (Field Day Winner) Maroon team: Captains Shelby Olivieri and Shafton Haley
Magna cum laude Caroline Berberian Tommy Craft James Deakin Linda Essery Anees Patwa Summer/Fall 2013
A Year at Foote — the Board Perspective What excites me most about Foote are the extremely talented, committed teachers who create magic in their classrooms each and every day for each and every student. We also are fortunate to have a strong and experienced Board, including members with a broad variety of perspectives. During 2012–13 the school completed the ten-year accreditation process, receiving an outstanding report from the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. (Details at www.footeschool.org.) The first year of teaching and learning in the new Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building was a wonderful success. The new classrooms and labs supported the school’s teaching philosophy in myriad ways. Seventh grade science and art teachers collaborated on a project about endangered species and the students’ work on murals brought the building to life. It was also the first year of use for two new Lower School classrooms for world languages and science. The Learning Center moved to larger, purpose-built space, and both the Sturley Room and the Twichell Room were renovated to serve multiple uses. A replacement for the much-loved “Big Toy,” which was removed during construction of the new building, was designed. Students and teachers provided ideas, and the new playscape is a multi-functional, exciting and safe play structure that has familiar favorite components along with new features. Parent participation in the Annual Fund set a record, surpassing the 90 percent needed to receive a $20,000 challenge grant. Dedicated volunteer Class Captains called fellow parents, leading the school to a truly remarkable accomplishment! Faculty members were also strongly supportive of the Annual Fund with 89 percent contributing. The Education Committee, which includes Board members, faculty and 16
administrators, learned about the implementation of the new Chinese language program and were impressed, during a late spring meeting, by the reports of Curricular Review Committees focusing on the school’s health and language arts curricula. Foote’s ongoing strength relies on its fiscal stability. At year-end the Finance Committee reported that the school remains in sound financial condition, a report confirmed by an independent audit. Enrollment and annual giving have remained solid. Income from Foote’s endowment, overseen by the Investment Committee, added more than $300,000 to the operating budget in 2012–13. These factors allowed the school to maintain a balanced budget while funding recent construction projects.
The Finance Committee continues to monitor trends in tuition, enrollments, and salaries at independent schools throughout Connecticut and nationwide. Maintaining affordability remains a priority for the Board. The committee is engaged in the development of a five-year financial plan to ensure Foote’s future. As we begin the new school year the Board will focus on strategic thinking — a chance to look ahead and ensure Foote’s continued strength. We are grateful for the support of so many who continue to care deeply about this special school! Richard Bershtein President, Board of Directors
In Appreciation At the May meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board thanked departing members for their dedicated service. One member, YANYUN WU, will depart after serving just one year, because of an unanticipated move to the west coast. Board President Richard Bershtein expressed appreciation of Yanyun’s perspective and her contributions to the Education Committee in her short time on the Board. DAVID MOORE, a Director since 2005, brought a wonderful combination of architectural knowledge and experience, a realistic approach and a careful, thoughtful eye. David has been active in the planning for renovations of the campus for nearly two decades. Before joining the Board, he was an active and valued volunteer on the Building Committee that coordinated the expansion of the gym, and construction of the theater and art and music classrooms. He co-chaired, with Melanie Ginter, the Building Committee responsible for the recent construction of the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building, and this year led the Committee in planning for the renovation of the Middle School Building. In addition to his many contributions in the areas of campus facilities, David also played an important role in the search process that brought Carol Maoz to the school four years ago. MELINDA AGSTEN played an important role on Foote’s Board of Directors, serving as President in 2011–12, chairing the Governance Committee and attending to the regular review and revision of Board bylaws and policies. Melinda has a broad knowledge of nonprofit management, and brought that expertise to Foote in many ways. Her involvement has guided and strengthened the Board and the school. Melinda joined the Board in 2003, and after two four-year terms agreed to remain as an ex-officio Director for an additional year as Immediate Past President, providing a valuable resource to her successor, Rich Bershtein, and to Carol Maoz. A person who does not seek the spotlight, Melinda has been an extremely effective and highly valued Board leader. During the summer the Board learned of the resignation of JOANNE GOLDBLUM, who served as a Director from 2008–13. Joanne’s commitment to creating and supporting an inclusive community was highly valued on the Board. She has been an advocate for community collaborations like the STARS and Footebridge, and served on the Education Committee, the Development Committee, and a subcommittee of the Finance Committee focused on financial aid. Joanne supported the creation of an annual breakfast gathering at Foote for the leaders of New Haven-area nonprofit organizations, providing the opportunity for nonprofit leaders to talk with other executive directors and develop connections with organizations with which they might collaborate.
Meet the New Members of the Board of Directors Constance (Cecie) Clement ’62 Cecie, a Foote alumna, is deputy director of the Yale Center for British Art. She attended Hollins University, as well as programs in arts administration at both Harvard and UC/Berkeley. She started her museum career in the American Arts Department of the Yale University Art Gallery. After a threeyear assignment in the Museums and Historical Organizations Program at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, she returned to New Haven to join the staff of the Yale Center for British Art. While for many years she focused her energies on the public dimension of the museum, Cecie is now involved with the conservation of the Center’s landmark building by Louis I. Kahn. Cecie served as acting director of the Yale Center on two occasions and on the boards of the American Association of Museums, New England Museum Association, and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.
Nadine Koobatian P’14,’16 Nadine and her family moved to Connecticut in 2000 from Los Angeles, where Nadine had practiced commercial and insurance coverage litigation with a large international law firm. She has a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a law degree from American University. Nadine and her husband, Greg, a physician, live in Madison with their children John, now at Andover, Elizabeth (sixth grade) and Nicholas (fourth grade). Currently, Nadine is in the process of founding a business that will provide advocacy services to special education students. She has served on the boards of the Valley-Shore YMCA, the Shoreline Foundation, TEAM (Taxpayers Education Alliance of Madison), and the Ryerson School PTO. She also is regional chair of the Tufts University Alumni Admission Program. Nadine served as co-president of Foote’s Parent-Teacher Council for the past two years.
Christina Herrick P’15,’18 Christina, CoPresident of the PTC, grew up in northeastern New Jersey, attended college at Rutgers University, and then completed a combined MD/PhD program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She came to Connecticut in 1993 for her medical internship and residency in dermatology at Yale. Christina was a full time faculty member in the Department of Dermatology at Yale from 1997 until 2011, running a basic science research laboratory along with clinical practice and teaching. She lives in Guilford with her son Evan and daughter Phoebe who both attend Foote School.
Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Jennifer graduated from Foote in 2002 before attending Choate and then receiving her bachelor's degree with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain scholar. She worked as a wildlife biologist in Florida and Hawaii before returning to New Haven to pursue masters’ degrees at both the Yale School of Management and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Jennifer is excited to be back in her hometown and also serves on the board of Solar Youth, a New Haven nonprofit organization focused on youth development.
Stephen Murphy P’20,’20 Steve works at Yale as associate vice president for Finance and university controller with responsibility for financial planning, budgeting, accounting, tax, treasury, financial reporting, and internal controls. He graduated from Yale with a bachelor's degree in economics and grew up in Middletown, Conn. Prior to working at Yale, he held various finance and business development positions in the private sector, including finance director for Wilson Sporting Goods Europe based in Munich, director of business development for Häagen-Dazs Asia/Pacific based in Hong Kong, and as the senior financial executive at start-up and technology companies in the Boston area. He serves as a member of the Finance Committee for the Foote School and is a former member of the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee for St. Thomas More Chapel & Center at Yale. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Madison with their daughters, Abigail (MAG) and Julia (MAG). Kathy Priest P’86,’89,’94, GP’16,’19 Kathy is a trusts and estates attorney at the New Haven firm, Davis, O'Sullivan & Priest. She grew up in Illinois and attended New Trier High School, Vassar College (’71), and received her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo (’79). Three of Kathy Priest's four children are graduates of Foote School, and two of her grandchildren are now attending Foote (Neal and Rohan Shivakumar). Her husband George teaches at Yale Law School, and they live in East Rock. Kathy and George served as chairs of Foote’s Grandparents Day in 2010. 17
Field Day Fun Field Day offered its usual sense of camaraderie, and a remarkable display of Foote School spirit. This year's Field Day offered something more: at lunchtime and again after the last, breathlessly exciting relay, the Foote School community said a formal goodbye to retiring Athletic Director Ted Willis. The ninth graders in particular were eloquent in their farewell. Ted has been a devoted teacher, coach, colleague, and friend at Foote for 43 years.
Top: Third graders charge down the field in the Sack Race.
Seventh graders test their strength in the Tug-O’-War
Seventh graders Lindsay Wiehl and Victoria Fletcher support Sydney Osborne in the Fireman’s Carry Relay
Third grade maroon teammates pull hard during the Tug-O’-War
Seventh grader Sam Hauser rounds a turn in the final Baton Relay
Falco with retiring Athletic Director Ted Willis
May Day The prospect of an indoor May Day failed to dampen the spirits of students for the traditional May Day celebration, held this year in the Hosley Gymnasium after days of rainfall made the grounds too soggy to negotiate dance steps. On Fri., May 24, all grade levels presented their dances, including the beloved third grade Maypole Dance and the ninth grade Sleights Sword Dance. Bravo to all the dancers â€” and their teachers! â€” for a job well done.
Third graders finish their maypole with an exuberant release of ribbons.
Kindergartners excitedly skip around during their dance.
Third grader Jasmine Xi dances around the maypole.
Above middle: Third graders weave the colorful maypole. Bottom: Ben Barton and Rody Conway lead their eighth grade classmates in the Stick Dance.
News and Notes
Patrick McGlemery of the Shambhala Center in New Haven leads middle school students in a session called “Meditation and Mindfulness for a More Peaceful World.”
Beginning with an All School Assembly that introduced various birds of prey including falcons, owls, and hawks, Foote School celebrated Earth Day on Thurs., April 18 with the theme 'Using STEM to Make a Better World.' (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Lower school students built terrariums, learned how rivers are created, weeded their gardens and met Josh Chalmers, co-author of “Change the World Before Bedtime,” a story about what children can do to make the world a better place. Middle school students went on scavenger hunts, heard from an 20
Planting work of ninth graders, from left, Ian Dunning, Izzy Lent, Shelby Olivieri and George Wildridge
Seventh grader Hagan Gasimov shows sixth grader Ian Mentz specimens under a microscope.
architect from Maryann Thompson Architects about the sustainability aspects of the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building, and learned about black holes in
galaxies, microscopic sea life, sustainable dining, backyard farming, recycling buildings, and lots more.
Sixth Grade Festival of the World The sixth grade's Festival of the World, the culmination of a yearlong project in which each student studies one country intensively, was held Thurs., April 25 in the Hosley Gymnasium. Each student chooses the country he will study by spinning a globe and randomly placing a finger on a location. Final projects incorporate maps, biographies of famous residents, statistics, a 3-D model of topography or architecture, and at an evening presentation for families, foods from the various countries. The students' work piques their interest in the area they have studied, and many were heard expressing an interest in visiting “their country.”
Sara Amar and Sebastian Shin, front, with Clara Li and Neal Shivakumar behind, play a Maori stick passing game.
Discovering a Passion for Geography Eighth grader Rody Conway won second place in the Connecticut Geographic Bee in April, competing against 103 other students statewide. The event was held on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, and is sponsored by the Connecticut Geographic Alliance. Once Rody won the Foote bee, he took a qualifying test for the Connecticut bee. The top 100 scorers in the state were invited to the formal competition. A record number of students — 50 — participated in Foote’s in-school bee this year, open to students in grades four through eight. For the second year in a row, a Foote student has qualified for the state bee. As a ninth grader Rody plans to coach younger students for next year's Geography Bee.
Students demonstrate Tinikling, a traditional Philippine dance.
Alex Wilkinson, Aaron Lake and Rob Chiocchio on their recorders
Middle School Humanities teacher Trevor Rosenthal and Connecticut Geographic Bee coordinator Bill DeGrazia flank eighth grader Rody Conway, one of the top finishers in the State Geographic Bee in April.
50 States Fair Geography is also the focus of the 50 States Fair, which attracted a crowd of parents, students, friends and faculty to the small gym in May to hear fourth graders share their research. Students select a state in early spring, and researched that state’s resources, tourist attractions, history, native foods, topographical attributes and more. “It’s one of their first times researching a topic, presenting in front of the school, and managing deadlines,” says fourth grade teacher John Climie. Another important aspect of the effort: “They learn to share information in a meaningful way,” says Denise Quinn, another fourth grade teacher. The students learned how to handle multiple projects, in this case creating a map, a poster, an individualized project that sometimes took the form of a game board featuring state highlights, and a persuasive letter to the president of the United States stating why their particular state is the most important one.
ING Branch Manager Michael F. Linehan, Sr. visited Foote on August 29 to present Drew Sweet with his check.
Sweet Success Latin Teacher Drew Sweet won a $2,000 grant for "Hip-Hop Hexameter," a project he developed that teaches students Latin poetry by having them recite it over hiphop beats made on GarageBand. Adin Jennings is ready for the slopes while discussing the great state of Vermont.
Drew was one of 100 teachers nationwide selected to receive an ING Unsung Hero grant, which honor educators across the country who work tirelessly to make a lifelong impact in the classroom for their students. More than 1,300 teachers applied. He will now compete with other winners for one of three top prizes: an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 from ING U.S. Drew will use the money to buy a new microphone, headphones and other recording equipment to produce better sound quality on recordings his 7th, 8th and 9th graders will make this year.
Washington State — including the history of native Americans there — was Julia Kosinski's research project.
Evelyn Dugan, dressed as a coal miner, researched the state of West Virginia.
Using hip-hop to memorize Virgil’s “Aeneid” was lots of fun, Drew says, but it was also an effective teaching tool. “It really sticks in your head,” he says.
New Playscape on Recess Field Students in grades 4–9 were happy to see the new playscape take shape last spring, and have been actively exploring all of its intriguing features at the start of the school year. Designed by Fred Martin at Environmental Design, LLC, the structure features: • swinging balance beam • log walk • stump walk • swinging vine • zip line • climbing net • suspension bridge • three different slides, including a double slide • a variety of lookouts and benches • and the ever-popular tire swing!
Third Grade Art Show For several years the third grade has been showing at the New Haven Lawn Club its considerable and skillful artwork created during the year. This year’s exhibit was no exception, and the students’ excitement at having their art displayed was palpable.
Wolf Boone with his art.
Kwabena Adae proudly shows his artwork to his father, Kwadwo Adae.
Community Service Foote’s commitment to service projects in the community did not abate this spring. Students held a bake sale at the school’s celebration of Night Rainbow, a Site Projects New Haven initiative that created a laser light show over the city, launched to celebrate the 375th anniversary of New Haven. Families gathered at Foote to view student art, buy at the bake sale, and find a suitable location to view the light show. Proceeds from the bake sale benefited Columbus House, a support organization for people who are homeless. Seventh graders from 7Z also visited Columbus House to help serve meals to clients.
Seventh graders from 7Z, with advisors on right, Sally Nunnally in green sweater, and Lara Anderson, and Columbus House patient navigator Betsy Branch, rear left.
LEAP at Foote This summer Foote teamed up with the highly-regarded New Haven after school and summer enrichment program, LEAP: Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership. Four groups of students, ages 9–12, visited Foote weekly with their LEAP counselors for hands-on science and crafts classes. The older students enjoyed building rockets and shooting them off the roof deck with Foote science teacher Tim Blauvelt, and creating beaded jewelry with Tim's wife, Kris Blauvelt, who teaches in North Haven. The younger students studied a variety of science topics with Jerry Nash, a science teacher from Ridgefield Academy. They also learned to sew — by hand and on the sewing machine — with a team of Foote volunteers including Lower School teachers Debbie Rhoads, Sue Delaney, and Sue Shaw, former Director of Admissions Laura Altshul, Director of Development Ann Baker Pepe, and frequent school photographer, Judy Rosenthal. Both boys and girls loved the sewing projects, and were delighted with by their finished projects!
MAG teacher Sue Delaney helps a LEAP student at the sewing machine.
A LEAP student works carefully to embroider his initials.
Third grade teacher Debbie Rhoads instructs a group of nine and ten year old girls in hand sewing.
Sports Students from the middle school competed in co-ed tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, boys baseball, and girls softball this spring, promoting school spirit and the sense of camaraderie that comes with teamwork.
Jared Oâ€™Hare (grade 8) on the lacrosse field for the Foote Falcons
Sherman Goldblum (grade 9) returns a shot during tennis practice.
Abby McCabe (grade 8) at the plate for Foote's softball team
Tess Friedman (grade 7) prepares for a backhand return.
Liza Diffley and Courtney Joshua (grade 8) head toward the goal for the girls lacrosse team.
REPORT AROUNDOF CAMPUS GIVING
Report from the Director of Development 2012–13 was a special year at Foote in many ways, starting with the opening of the new Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building in September. The ribboncutting celebrations were joyful gatherings that represented the Foote community past, present and future. Warm greetings and lively conversation crossed generations of students, teachers and parents, and the love of the school so many people share was apparent on every face. The building itself has received rave reviews from the teachers and students who use it each day. We were comfortable in it so quickly that it’s hard to believe we’ve had it just this one year. By the last days of the school year, students in grades 4–9 were delighted to be able to explore and enjoy the new playscape that replaced the Big Toy on the recess field. We are grateful to the Parent Teacher Council, which contributed a significant portion of the cost of the new structure. Throughout the year we saw students of all ages using the roof deck classroom and “giant’s stairs” for gatherings, games and quiet conversations. In every way, the new building has been a wonderful success and a powerful enhancement of Foote’s campus. We were thrilled with the exciting news that the building and its architects, Maryann Thompson Architects of Cambridge, MA, have been honored with two awards from the Boston Society of Architects. In opening the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building, the school accomplished the second of three goals of the recent capital campaign, Imagine our Future. The third and final goal, the renovation of the Middle School Building, is 26
underway as I write, and school will open in September with a greatly improved facility: new lighting, ceilings, bookshelves and cabinets, and an efficient new heating and air conditioning system. For those interested in the numerical details, I can report that the campaign received gifts and pledges totaling $12,120,000. More than 90 percent of that amount has been received, and the remaining pledges, $1,135,000, will be paid over the next few years. The full amount will be expended to achieve the goals of purchasing land and creating a new playing field, constructing the new science and technology building and renovating the Middle School Building. The school will not accrue any debt from the projects, beyond a short-term interest-free loan to manage cash flow.
Annual Fund Stronger than Ever! It is exciting that during the course of the capital campaign the school’s Annual Fund sustained momentum, increasing each year in both dollars received and parent participation, thanks to a number of challenge grants. The most recent challenge offered a $20,000 grant if current parents achieved 90 percent participation in the Annual Fund.
Development Committee 2012–13 Glenn Levin, Chair Richard Bershtein Joanne Goldblum Bruce Mandell Bob Sandine Lisa Totman ’56 Annie Wareck ’85 Carol Maoz Ann Baker Pepe
A few gifts in the closing days of June pushed the participation rate to 90.5 percent! We are grateful to the tireless efforts of the Annual Fund volunteers, who reached out to every parent. The list of Class Captains is printed at right, and the participation of parents at each grade level is listed in the following pages. This year’s Annual Fund total of $571,000 is the highest ever, a 5 percent increase over the previous year. Alumni giving increased over the past few years as well. The Class of 1968, celebrating their 45th Reunion on May 4, raised nearly $10,000 as a class gift in memory of classmates who had passed away. Led by Leland Torrence, Rob Clark, Cathy Smith Cuthell, and Elizabeth Prelinger, the class enjoyed a spirited reunion of 14 of its 22 members. More details about the Reunion are printed on pages 50–51. The past school year was a special one for me, also, because I had the opportunity to travel with the ninth graders to China. What an incredible opportunity — for all of us! The students’ poise, confidence and interest in learning every day were truly heartwarming, and the dedication of the teachers traveling with the group was inspiring. It all served as a powerful reminder of the broad range of experiences and the strong connections between students and teachers that make a Foote education so very special. Thank you for your support of Foote!
Ann Baker Pepe Director of Development
Recognition Railing The names of 1,680 individuals and families who supported the Imagine Our Future campaign have been engraved on strips of stainless steel that will soon be installed on the railings in and around the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building. The railing project is a true one-of-a-kind and it’s been more complicated to complete than anticipated, but will soon be in place. We are preparing an alphabetical directory of names so donors can easily find their names on the building.
Terrific Year for the PTC We have had an incredible year! With over 20 different committees, and the help of many volunteers, the PTC sponsored or planned social, community-building, fundraising and informational events every month. PTC volunteers were busy all year, starting with Fall Family Fun Day, which brought together both new and returning families, and the Fall Dinner on Parents Night. They also led book fairs, vision and hearing screening, movie outings and bowling, and the traditional year-end events: Faculty Appreciation Breakfast, the May Day Picnic and video, and the After School Program Appreciation Dinner. Throughout the year, PTC events were wonderful ways to bring the Foote community closer together!
Annual Fund Class Captains
A new fundraiser this year featured professional photographer (and Foote parent) Stephanie Anestis, who met Foote families for photo sessions and created beautiful photographs for sale. She graciously donated the profits to the PTC. We were thrilled to host a very special evening, Foote Night at the Yale Rep, on April 6. Over 300 Foote students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and past parents gathered for an elegant reception at Yale’s Dwight Hall, then headed to the University Theater to watch acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti, Foote School Class of 1982, in a sold-out Yale Rep production of “Hamlet.” His performance was exceptional and after the show Paul returned to the stage for a special Foote program. After receiving a gift from his former teacher and mentor Bob Sandine, he answered questions from the Foote audience. It was great to see so many Foote students in the audience enjoying the evening and asking thoughtful questions. As we reflect upon the year, we are proud of the community building and fundraising activities of this all-volunteer organization. Every single child at Foote directly benefits in some way from the work of the PTC. We are grateful to those who have helped support the PTC in large ways or small, those chairing committees or volunteering for an afternoon, those spending many hours and those helping for even one hour. Every contribution of time and talent helps us to better serve the Foote community. Thank you! Nadine Koobatian and Jaime Cole PTC Co-Presidents, 2012–13
Total Annual Fund Growth Per Year
CLASS OF 2013 • Grade 9 Sue Wildridge
CLASS OF 2014 • Grade 8 Deb Friedman & Glenn Levin
CLASS OF 2015 • Grade 7 Annie Wareck
CLASS OF 2016 • Grade 6 Kim Bohen & Andrea Sorrells
CLASS OF 2017 • Grade 5 Glenn Levin
CLASS OF 2018 • Grade 4 Bruce Mandell & Cheryl Nadzam
CLASS OF 2019 • Grade 3 Annie Wareck
CLASS OF 2020 • Grade 2 Camille Koff & Kiran Zaman
CLASS OF 2021 • Grade 1 Rich Bershtein & Kathy Park
CLASS OF 2022 • Kindergarten Eera Sharma & Francine Freeman
Annual Fund Parent Participation Growth Per Year
80% $500,000 60% $400,000 40%
REPORT OF GIVING
Parent Participation Foote School parents set a new record for participation in the Annual Fund with 90.5 percent contributing. It was highest — 98 percent! — for parents of first graders! CLASS OF 2013 Grade 9 in 2012–13
Constance Bagley Mary Warner & Mark Beebe Liz Geller Brennan ’80 & Steve Brennan The Buhl Family Isabel Chenoweth Christine & Vincent Chiocchio Karen Bowen-Clarke & Paul K. Clarke Marti Cowan & Gary deWolf Sheree & David DiMario Colleen & Gary Dunning Dorota Knyszewska-Dziuda & Darius Dziuda Seiko Ono & Aaron Gerow Joanne & David Goldblum Marcia Inhorn & Kirk Hooks Jeffrey Jordan Geri & Charles Lemert Brenna & Jeffrey Lent Catherine Petraiuolo ’83 & Andrew Martin Jill McCarns Jennifer Foley & Joseph Miko Barbara & Michael Milazzo Donna Olivieri Leslie & Jay Palumbo ’80 Tricia Reilly & Peter Sachner Laura Davis & David Soper Julia Adams & Hans van Dyk Nadia Ward The Wildridge Family** France Galerneau & Keith Williams Heather & Fred Zetterberg
CLASS OF 2014 Grade 8 in 2012–13
Anonymous (2) Anne & Gordon Armour Debra Riding & Oliver Barton Julia & Aram Berberian ’76 Julia & Sidney Bogardus Susan Brown Sue & Dean Chang Leslie Virostek & John Cobb Eileen Moran & John Colberg Glenn M. Conway Cristina Brunet & Joe Craft Beth & Alex Curtis Mercedes & Juan De La Mora Jennifer & Michael Deakin The Douglas Family Jeralyn Fantarella Debbie & Bill Friedman Allyson & Patrick Gallagher Jennifer Gelzinis Kateri & Joseph Gillis Sabrina Diano & Tamas Horvath Alison & Christopher Illick Kate Hunter & Richard Jacob Kim Bohen & Douglas S. James Cindy & Dean Karlan The Kenn de Balinthazy Family Meghan & George Knight Nadine & Greg Koobatian Neelima Kaushal & Paul Kuriakose Alexandra Hokin & Glenn Levin** The Matthes Theriault Family Michael McCabe & Donna RehmMcCabe Angie Hurlbut & Andrew Nyhart Elizabeth & Ben Muskin The O’Keefe Family Zehra & Huned Patwa Cjet & Cindy Raymond Beth Weinberger & Mark Schaefer Deanna & Mitchell Smooke Laura & James Stanley Patrick Swift Samone Swift Nancy E. Chapman & King-fai Tam John & Elisa Turner Kathy Cooke & David Valone Ellen & Joseph Velardi Eve Volk Erica & Gordon Weiss Yanyun Wu & Yi Zhou
** Matching Gift Program Participants
CLASS OF 2015 Grade 7 in 2012–13
Anonymous (2) Cynthia & Robert Badrigian Elizabeth Wilson & Rob Berman Margaret & Christopher Brigham Carolyn & James Carroll Michele A. DePascale Amanda & Ray Diffley Krish & Vijay Erodula Marcy Stovall & Jim Farnam ’65 Barbara & Jeffrey Fletcher Jennifer & Alan Friedman Lynne Banta & Javier Garcia Jenny Chan & Jonathan Goldstein Shannon Callaway & Philip Haile Debra & Jack Hauser The Hellerman Family Christina Herrick Priya A. & Melissa S.* Jamidar Susan Sawyer & Michael Kaplan Cindy & Dean Karlan The Kenn de Balinthazy Family Amy Justice & Joseph King Sheila Hayre & Pericles Lewis Yollanda London Laura Pappano & Thomas Lynch Lillian Garcia & Bruce Mandell Catherine Petraiuolo ’83 & Andrew Martin Erin & John McCallum Cristina Baiocco & Giuseppe Moscarini Judy & Kevin O’Hare Hilary & Erik Pearson Grey Maher & Aaron Pine Wendy & Daniel Price Andrea & Klaus Radebold Cjet & Cindy Raymond Lauren L. McGregor & George J. Romanik Jennifer Prah Ruger & Theodore Ruger Kerry & Raymond Russell Susan Devine & David Sakheim Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin & Mohit Sarin Belinda Chan & Peter Schott Alison MacKeen & Scott Shapiro Susan Shaw Eve Volk The Wildridge Family** Anne Wareck ’85 & Iain York Bob Frank & Raffaella Zanuttini Heather & Fred Zetterberg
Donor to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years
CLASS OF 2016 Grade 6 in 2012–13
Anonymous (2) Vinita Parkash & Akhil Amar Asefeh Heiat & Masoud Azodi Rebecca & Shawn Banerji Jill London & Emanuel Berk Chay & Richard Bershtein Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen & Turner Brooks Faye & Andrew Brownfield Sue & Dean Chang Christine & Vincent Chiocchio Karen & Pat Crocco Tina & John Cunningham Beth & Alex Curtis Silvia & Rich Gee Kateri & Joseph Gillis Bonnie & Randy Harrison Rosa & George Holler Alison & Christopher Illick Kim Bohen & Douglas S. James Meghan & George Knight Nadine & Greg Koobatian Marjorie Weinstein-Kowal & Christopher Kowal Mislal Andom & Michael Lake Herta Chao & Chiang-Shan Li Tisha Markette Talbot Welles ’81 & Tom Mason The Matthes Theriault Family Jamie McCarthy Alinor Sterling & Steve Mentz Jennifer Foley & Joseph Miko Barbara & Michael Milazzo Lisa & Philip Miller John W. Mills Cristina Baiocco & Giuseppe Moscarini Zehra & Huned Patwa Hilary & Erik Pearson Judith Chevalier & Steven Podos Claire Priest ’86 Musa Speranza & Joseph Shin Karen Kennedy & Alex Sommers Andrea & Brian Sorrells Patrick Swift Samone Swift Becky Conekin & Adam Tooze John Wareck ’84 Elizabeth & Steven Wilkinson
CLASS OF 2017 Grade 5 in 2012–13
Anonymous (8) Jennifer & William Aniskovich Rebecca Tannenbaum & Charles Bailyn Leslie Virostek & John Cobb Lurline deVos & P. J. Deak Marrisa DeLise Sheila Lavey & Mike Dooman Krish & Vijay Erodula Nasiha & Azim Fahmi Susan & Stephen Farrell Dawn & Dan Farricielli Candace & Burvée Franz Lynne Banta & Javier Garcia Rachel Lampert & Rick Goodwin** Bonnie & Randy Harrison Sarah Hendon Sabrina Diano & Tamas Horvath Jessica & John Illuzzi Zulhija & Yar Jabarkhail Miriam & Jeff Jennings Lissa Sugeng & Michael Krauss Alexandra Hokin & Glenn Levin** Sheila Hayre & Pericles Lewis Elizabeth & David Lima Rakhee & Bhupesh Mangla Jill McCarns Lisa & Philip Miller Cheryl & Geoffrey Nadzam Cristina & Walter Oko Brinda Emu & Sunil Parikh Shannon Petty Wendy & Daniel Price Christin & Ben Sandweiss Allyx Schiavone ’85 Belinda Chan & Peter Schott Jodi & Jacob Seidner Meltem & Emre Seli The Shin Family Phoebe & Tom Styron Elisa & John Turner The Wildridge Family** Lori & Robert Zyskowski**
Understanding the Terms The ANNUAL FUND supplements tuition income. Annual Fund dollars support program, faculty salaries, financial aid — virtually every part of the school’s operating budget. Without the Annual Fund, Foote’s budget wouldn’t balance, and we would have to reduce offerings to our students or increase enrollment or raise tuition to make up the difference. As its name implies, the Annual Fund is an annual effort, starting in September and ending on June 30 each year. Parent volunteers reach out to encourage all parents to contribute. This is especially important because grant applications are strengthened when we can report high participation figures. A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN is a fundraising effort over several years to raise money to improve campus facilities or strengthen endowment. Contributions are often multi-year pledges. A capital campaign allows the school to undertake significant capital improvements that could not be funded by the operating budget or the Annual Fund. ENDOWMENT is critical to a healthy school. Endowed funds are invested with the goal of providing a stable, sustainable source of annual income. Interest from endowed funds supports critical goals in perpetuity. Foote’s current endowment of $8,400,000 provided $316,000 last year to support student scholarships, faculty professional development and other priorities. The National Association of Independent Schools recommends that an independent school maintain endowment equal to it’s operating budget, which in 2012–13 at Foote was $11,098,550.
REPORT OF GIVING
CLASS OF 2018 Grade 4 in 2012–13
Anonymous (2) Chay & Richard Bershtein Christine Barker & Claude Carlier Nancy Clayton & Brad Collins Karen & Pat Crocco The Curran Family JoAnn Hong-Curtis & Jeptha Curtis Bruce Davis Shannon Callaway & Philip Haile Dorothea & Robert Harper-Mangels Bonnie & Randy Harrison Veena Raghuvir & Ryan Haug Christina Herrick Caitlin Simon & Gregory Huber Alison & Christopher Illick Cindy & Dean Karlan Tania Kazi Kim Yap & Andrew Lewandowski Herta Chao & Chiang-Shan Li Yollanda London Lillian Garcia & Bruce Mandell Basmah Safdar & Abeel Mangi Talbot Welles ’81 & Tom Mason The Matthes Theriault Family Alinor Sterling & Steve Mentz Susan & Andrew Metrick John W. Mills Rachel Ebling & Edward Moran Ann Murdock Cheryl & Geoffrey Nadzam Angie Hurlbut & Andrew Nyhart The O’Keefe Family Beverly Gage & Daniel Perkins Owen Luckey ’83 & Dana Peterson Stefanie Markovits & Ben Polak Eera Sharma & Oscar Rollán Tracey & Eddie Ruotolo Meltem & Emre Seli Alison MacKeen & Scott Shapiro Kelly & Ben Small Ellen & Derek Smith Clarky & Jeff Sonnenfeld Manish & Suman Tandon Elizabeth & Steven Wilkinson Lan Lin & Wu Yan Jennifer & Christopher Young
CLASS OF 2019 Grade 3 in 2012–13
Anonymous (2) The Adae Family Rebecca & Shawn Banerji Sarah Netter Boone ’89 & Andrew Boone Hong Li & Chunlin Cai John & Deborah Fong Carpenter ’82 Ann Pingoud & Marc Chung Sarah & Wes Eder Laura Eakin Erlacher & James Erlacher Umar Farooq Elizabeth & Niall Ferguson Candace & Burvée Franz Lynne Banta & Javier Garcia Kathy Park & Scott Gettinger Laura Goldblum Nicole Korda-Grutzendler & Jaime Grutzendler Liz & Chris Hansen ’86 Veena Raghuvir & Ryan Haug Tina Hansen & Adam Hopfner Jessica & John Illuzzi Avlin & Suguru Imaeda Stephanie & Jacob Jarvis Neelima Kaushal & Paul Kuriakose Romy & Stanley Lee Lori Blank & David Low Basmah Safdar & Abeel Mangi Elizabeth & Matthew McCleery Lisa & Philip Miller Kim Morris Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar The Navaratnam–Tomayko Family Cristina & Walter Oko Cathy & Christophe Pamelard Rebecca Paugh Susan Stokes & Steven Pincus Claire Priest ’86 The Rinaldi Family Allyx Schiavone ’85 Amy Marx & Robert Schonberger Andrea & Brian Sorrells Kelly & Derek Streeter Herralan Noel-Vulpe & Marian Vulpe John Wareck ’84 Zhirong Jiang & Zhiqun Xi Anne Wareck ’85 & Iain York
** Matching Gift Program Participants
CLASS OF 2020 Grade 2 in 2012–13
Anonymous The Adae Family The Anestis Family Rachel Arnedt Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen & Turner Brooks The Carroll Family Keri & John Climie Jaime & Shawn Cole Bruce Davis Michele Biro Deitch & David Deitch Renée Perroncel & Neal DeLaurentis Tracy & Brian Earnshaw Dawn & Dan Farricielli The Freeman Family Jacqui & Stephen Fritzinger Carolyn Kuzmeski & Saul Fussiner Jessie Royce Hill & Daniel Goren Avery Grauer ’87 Randi & Hassan Haraj-Sai Elise & David Hergan Camille & Jon Koff Gail & Joseph Labadia Mislal Andom & Michael Lake Molleen Theodore & Andrew Leonard Michele & Jesse McCray Susan & Andrew Metrick Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar Victoria & Stephen Murphy Brinda Emu & Sunil Parikh Jeannine & Anthony Purcell Satya & Sneha Reddy Eera Sharma & Oscar Rollán Krystn Wagner & José Salvana LaShawn Jefferson & Nicholas Sambanis** Abha Gupta & Stephen Scholand Steven Sheinberg Kelly & Ben Small Ellen & Derek Smith Christi Moore & Craig Thompson Elisa & John Turner Thea Buxbaum & Gar Waterman Samantha & Daniel Wong Yanbin Liu & Y. Richard Yang Yaira Matyakubova & Andrius Zlabys Lori & Robert Zyskowski**
Donor to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years
Donors CLASS OF 2021 Grade 1 in 2012–13
Anonymous (3) Roya Hakakian & Ramin Ahmadi Suzanne & Jason Alderman Heba Abbas & Amaar Al-Hayder Sumiya Khan & Ather Ali Chay & Richard Bershtein Sarah Netter Boone ’89 & Andrew Boone Elizabeth Gill & Jacob Burt Ann Pingoud & Marc Chung Nancy Clayton & Brad Collins JoAnn Hong-Curtis & Jeptha Curtis Alison De Renzi & Francesco d’Amuri Ellie Davis Amanda & Ray Diffley Sarah & Wes Eder Emily & Christopher Fasano Elizabeth & Niall Ferguson Jennifer & Alan Friedman Amy Caplan ’88 & Nicolas Gangloff Jenette & Noah Ganter Kathy Park & Scott Gettinger Tina Hansen & Adam Hopfner Avlin & Suguru Imaeda Simina & Costin Ionescu Özler & Ege Kayaarasi Claire Kilmer Meghan & George Knight Amy Starensier & Richard Lee Kim Yap & Andrew Lewandowski Elizabeth & Matthew McCleery Melissa & Timothy McCormack The Mena Family Martin Moreland Kim Morris The Navaratnam–Tomayko Family Jacinta O’Reilly Cathy & Christophe Pamelard Jessica Sager & Sachin Pandya Owen Luckey ’83 & Dana Peterson Susan Stokes & Steven Pincus Stefanie Markovits & Ben Polak Sneha & Satya Reddy Naomi Senzer & Brad Ridky Clarky & Jeff Sonnenfeld Erin & Jeremy Springhorn Kelly & Derek Streeter Sara Shneiderman & Mark Turin Annie Paul & John Witt Lan Lin & Wu Yan
CLASS OF 2022 Kindergarten in 2012–13
Anonymous (5) Eriko & Alexej Abyzova Mamta & Yash Agarwal Lynn Aneiro & Tim Bennett Michelle & Kossouth Bradford ’87 Jolanda Zickmann & Domenico Calandro Xiaoling Yuan & Changqing Chen Karin Roffman & Melvin Chen Christine Won & Hyung Chun Tracy & Brian Earnshaw Harold Ellis Candace & Burvée Franz The Freeman Family Laura Goldblum Avery Grauer ’87 Elise & David Hergan Caitlin Simon & Gregory Huber Preethi Varghese-Joseph & George Joseph Camille & Jon Koff Lissa Sugeng & Michael Krauss Katie & Michael Lipcan Lori Blank & David Low Bo Wan & Jinyu Lu Briah & Spencer Luckey ’85 Pu Zhang & Chao Ma Elizabeth Donius & Kenneth McGill The McPartland Family Rachel Ebling & Edward Moran Lisa Brown & Daniel Myers Walker Holmes & Justin Neuman Rosalyn Diaz-Ortiz & Abimael Ortiz The Rinaldi Family Eera Sharma & Oscar Rollán Amy Marx & Robert Schonberger Christine Ko & Peter Whang Lan Lin & Wu Yan
The individuals listed below have made a contribution to the Foote School Annual Fund, an endowed fund, or the capital campaign, Imagine Our Future, between July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this list. Please contact the Development Office if you note any errors or omissions. We have indicated — with the symbol — those individuals who have contributed to Foote’s Annual Fund every year for the past five years.
THE HEAD’S CIRCLE ($50,000 & ABOVE) Anonymous The Foote School Parent Teacher Council Barbara & Leon* Goldstein & Family Richmond Hosley ’61* Pamela Hull Rebecca & Nathan Milikowsky Sharon & Daniel Milikowsky The Rhode Island Foundation The Seedlings Foundation Smart Family Foundation, Inc.
MARTHA BABCOCK FOOTE ASSOCIATES ($25,000–$49,999) Anonymous Stephen Altshul Foundation Chay & Richard Bershtein Mady & Sandy Harman Lillian Garcia & Bruce Mandell Helen Kauder & Barry Nalebuff
WINIFRED STURLEY ASSOCIATES ($10,000–$24,999) Faye & Andrew Brownfield Joanne & David Goldblum Caitlin Simon & Gregory Huber Jessica & John Illuzzi Lissa Sugeng & Michael Krauss Melanie Ginter & John Lapides Cindy & David Leffell Alexandra Hokin & Glenn Levin** Lisa & Philip Miller Jeffrey S. Nordhaus ’82 Anne Martin & John Pescatore J. Irawan Sugeng
** Matching Gift Program Participants
Donor to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years
REPORT OF GIVING
Wendy Sharp & Dean Takahashi, Kerry Takahashi ’07, Kai Takahashi ’09 Gail & Jim Vlock Anne Wareck ’85 & Iain York Robert F. Wing ’53
H. EVERTON HOSLEY, JR. ASSOCIATES ($5,000–$9,999) Anonymous The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation Elizabeth & Niall Ferguson Laura Goldblum Peter Kagan ’83 Meghan & George Knight Elizabeth & David Lima Kim Morris David Newton Lauren L. McGregor & George J. Romanik Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Clarky & Jeff Sonnenfeld Christi Moore & Craig Thompson Barbara Wareck
MARGARET BALLOU HITCHCOCK ASSOCIATES ($2,500–$4,999) Sue & Dean Chang Laura & Fred Clarke Catherine Smith Cuthell ’68 Renée Perroncel & Neal DeLaurentis James D. English ’46 Marcy Stovall & Jim Farnam ’65 The Foote School Class of 2012 Kateri & Joseph Gillis Rachel Lampert & Rick Goodwin** Betsy & Len Grauer Bonnie & Randy Harrison Wendy & Richard Hokin Avlin & Suguru Imaeda Mary Hu & Jon Knisely Camille & Jon Koff Sheila Hayre & Pericles Lewis Laura Pappano & Thomas Lynch Susan & Andrew Metrick Judith Chevalier & Steven Podos Point Harbor Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Claire Priest ’86 Kathy & George Priest The RISC Foundation, Inc. Marian Spiro Happy Clement Spongberg ’60
FRANK PERRINE ASSOCIATES ($1,000–$2,499) Anonymous (2) Cecle & Josef Adler The Anestis Family Anne & Gordon Armour Vernon Armour Cynthia & Robert Badrigian Rebecca & Shawn Banerji James Bigwood ’68 Julia & Sidney Bogardus Fay & Larry Buhl Anne Tyler Calabresi ’48 & Guido Calabresi ’46 Susan & Wick Chambers ’62 Annie Clark Eileen Moran & John Colberg Eder Family Foundation Sarah & Wes Eder Harold Ellis Marie Christine & Patrick Fourteau Maxine Goldblum Margaret Clement Green ’61 Beth & Matthew Harman Elizabeth Harper Janet Madigan & Robert Harrity Celia Pinzi & Mark Healey Kent A. Healy ’46 John T.R. Holder ’76 Sabrina Diano & Tamas Horvath Jody Sindelar & Roger Ibbotson Alison & Christopher Illick Nadine & Greg Koobatian Marjorie Weinstein-Kowal & Christopher Kowal Neelima Kaushal & Paul Kuriakose Gail & Joseph Labadia Philomena & John LaViola Brenna & Jeffrey Lent Mariel & Thomas Lewy Carol & Michael Maoz The Matthes Theriault Family Elizabeth & Matthew McCleery Deborah & David Moore Kiran Zaman & Sabooh Mubbashar Cheryl & Geoffrey Nadzam Marv Neuman Angie Hurlbut & Andrew Nyhart Leslie & Jay Palumbo ’80 Zehra & Huned Patwa Ann Baker Pepe & Greg Pepe Rosemary Ripley ’68 LaShawn Jefferson & Nicholas Sambanis**
** Matching Gift Program Participants
Sasco Foundation Musa Speranza & Joseph Shin Erin & Jeremy Springhorn Susan Swords Stevens ’62 Laura & Leland Torrence ’68 David & Lisa Farrel Totman ’56 Cary Twichell ’76 Nancy Close & Gene Winter Lori & Robert Zyskowski**
SUSAN O. BISHOP ASSOCIATES ($500–$999) Anonymous (4) Leila Hachicho & Ali Abu-Alfa Lucy & Gordon Ambach The Astmann Family Asefeh Heiat & Masoud Azodi Natalie Babbitt & Samuel Babbitt ’42 Constance Bagley Rebecca Tannenbaum & Charles Bailyn David Bechtel & Serena Totman Bechtel ’84 Lynn Aneiro & Tim Bennett Kris Estes & Stephen Binder ’78 Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Birenbaum The Buhl Family Joseph Camilleri MD Rita McDougald Campbell Carolyn & James Carroll Christine & Vincent Chiocchio Christine Won & Hyung Chun Nancy Clayton & Brad Collins Glenn M. Conway Roseline & Douglas Crowley ’55 The Curran Family Beth & Alex Curtis JoAnn Hong-Curtis & Jeptha Curtis Bruce Davis Jonathan Davis & Rachel Totman Davis ’86 Laura Eakin Erlacher & James Erlacher Sharon Oster & Ray Fair Edith & Stephen Flagg Daniel K. Fleschner ’94 Barbara & Jeffrey Fletcher The Foote School Drama Program The Freeman Family Debbie & Bill Friedman Friends and Families of “Funny Girl” Allyson & Patrick Gallagher Alfred Gaudelli Cheryl Chevis & Edwin Gerow** Kathy Park & Scott Gettinger A. Reynolds Gordon ’47
Donor to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years
Pamela Pond Goss ’45 Shannon Callaway & Philip Haile Sandy Allison & Jim Horwitz Eugenia Whitney Hotchkiss ’35 Priya A. & Melissa S.* Jamidar Michael D. Johnson Anna Miles Jones ’41* Nancy Ely Kales ’55 Barbara Kinder & Joe Adams Hannah Leckman Deborah Freedman & Ben Ledbetter Amy Starensier & Richard Lee Geri & Charles Lemert Katharine Lorimer ’97 Peter Lorimer ’01 Ettie Luckey Basmah Safdar & Abeel Mangi Lynn Street & Donald Margulies Phyllis Morra New Haven Road Race Judy & Kevin O'Hare Cristina & Walter Oko Libby & Trevor Peard Joan & Erik Pingoud Wendy & Daniel Price The Rinaldi Family Anne Sa'adah ’69 Jack & Letha* Sandweiss Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin & Mohit Sarin Belinda Chan & Peter Schott Tanina Rostain & Richard Schottenfeld Lynne & Mark Schpero The Shin Family Jane Shipp Ellen & Derek Smith Laura Davis & David Soper Robin Smith Swanberg ’68 Nancy E. Chapman & King-fai Tam Victor M. Tyler ’42 The Udelsman Family Herralan Noel-Vulpe & Marian Vulpe Suzanne Weinstein Elizabeth & Steven Wilkinson France Galerneau & Keith Williams Loli Wu ’82 Pat & John Zandy Yanyun Wu & Yi Zhou
FOOTE FRIENDS ($250–$499) Anonymous (2) Frank & Tess Adae Melinda Agsten
Suzanne & Jason Alderman Jennifer & William Aniskovich Nick Appleby & Bethany Schowalter Appleby ’82 Joanne & Paul Bailey Christine Wilmer Barkus ’69 Donna & Bill Batsford Natalie Wilmer Blenk ’62 Jay & Grace Bright Carole & Arthur Broadus Marc Caputo Christine Barker & Claude Carlier Zenta Walther & John Carlson Denny & Kathy Hirata Chin ’67 Martha Daniels Cohen & George Cohen Jaime & Shawn Cole Jill Lacy & David Coleman Dody & Jay Cox Karen & Pat Crocco Betsy & John Daley III Alison De Renzi & Francesco d’Amuri Nina Glickson & Worth David Deborah Everhart & George Davis Leticia & Victor de Dios Jennifer & Michael Deakin Ning Wei & Xing Wang Deng Michele A. DePascale John Detre ’74 Margaret DeVane Sheree & David DiMario Elizabeth Daley Draghi ’77** Lee Dunham ’55 Dorota Knyszewska-Dziuda & Darius Dziuda Jeralyn Fantarella Umar Farooq Emily & Christopher Fasano Alan Frane The Geenty Group Kevin C. Geenty ’57 Toddie & Chris Getman Jenny Chan & Jonathan Goldstein Julia Coley & Jerry Goren Anne Brooks Gwaltney ’72 Daran & William Haug David I. Hitchcock ’42 Doreen & Donald Hudson Simina & Costin Ionescu Kim Bohen & Douglas S. James Preethi Varghese-Joseph & George Joseph Susan Sawyer & Michael Kaplan The Kenn de Balinthazy Family Sarah Baird & Benjamin Kerman ** Matching Gift Program Participants
Amy Justice & Joseph King Ann Labadia Maxine Lampert Janet & Robert Lewis Yollanda London Carole & Robert Mangels Nancy & Hugh Manke Joni & Joseph Matthew Erin & John McCallum The Mena Family Marilyn & Roger Mentz Nancy Meyer-Lustman Barbara & Michael Milazzo Sandra J. Frawley & Perry L. Miller ’58 John W. Mills Cristina Baiocco & Giuseppe Moscarini Victoria & Stephen Murphy Christopher Neville ’77 New Haven Chiropractic Group Joanna Baumer Noble & Lawrence Noble Aldonna & Philip Noto Elizabeth Reigeluth Parker ’60 The Pasi Family Beverly Gage & Daniel Perkins Stefanie Markovits & Ben Polak Elizabeth Prelinger ’68 Claire Richards ’76 Donald O. Ross ’62 Naomi & Shin Sakurabayashi Yuri Sakurabayashi ’06 Beth Weinberger & Mark Schaefer Allyx Schiavone ’85 Peter Setlow ’57 Carolyn & Clifford Slayman Roger K. Smith ’75 Deanna & Mitchell Smooke Sybil L. Stokes Kelly & Derek Streeter Phoebe & Tom Styron Mr. and Mrs. F. Leigh Turner Kathy Cooke & David Valone Dinny & Charles Wakerley André Warner ’98** Betsy Welch & Harry Welch ’42 The Wildridge Family** Annie Paul & John Witt Caroline Hendel & John Wysolmerski James Zirkle
Donor to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years
REPORT OF GIVING
MAROON & GREY ($1–$249) Anonymous (29) Carmela Abbenante Eriko Abyzova & Alexej Abyzov The Adae Family Justus Addiss ’73 Anne & Nicholas Afragola Sarah Afragola ’01 Mamta & Yash Agarwal Roya Hakakian & Ramin Ahmadi Heba Abbas & Amaar Al-Hayder Kendall Alford-Madden ’63 Sumiya Khan & Ather Ali Adele Altschuler Amy & Jon Altshul ’88 Vinita Parkash & Akhil Amar Warren & Marie Andiman Rachel Arnedt Katharine Arnstein ’63 Caroline Atherton Mary Bailey Lotte & Bernard Bailyn Laura Kautz Baker ’62 Jenny Ford Barrett ’86 Rachel Batsford ’90 Nancy & Joel Becker Mary Warner & Mark Beebe Ruth & Bernard Beitel Barbara Currier Bell ’55 Raina Sotsky & Morris Bell Julia & Aram Berberian ’76 G. Spencer Berger ’56 Jill London & Emanuel Berk Peggy McCarthy Berman & Barry Berman Elizabeth Wilson & Rob Berman** Margaret Berthold Pamela & Peter Bloomfield Peter Bluhm ’54 Halcyone H. Bohen Marcia Tucker Boogaard ’50 Andrew Boone & Sarah Netter Boone ’89 James Boorsch ’47** Elizabeth Borden Deborah Bovilsky General Mills, Box Tops for Education Elizabeth Bradburn-Assoian ’69 Michelle & Kossouth Bradford ’87 Thompson Bradley ’48 Thomas Brand ’88 Irwin Braverman Matthew Breitling & Jennifer Jackson Breitling ’91**
Steve Brennan & Liz Geller Brennan ’80 Frances & Jonathan Brent Mary Lou Venter Briggs ’53 Christopher & Margaret Brigham Kay & Don Brigham Bruce Bunting & Jessie Brinkley ’64 Elizabeth Brochin Linda & Art Brody Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen & Turner Brooks Susan Brown Wendy Houston Brown ’68 Mary Jo & Kelly Brownell Jill Bryant ’43 Lynn Bullard Elizabeth Gibson Burbank ’80 Robert & Marianne Burger Jonathan Butler ’98 Evan Butler ’99 Lucas Butler ’03 Diane Buxbaum Molly Meigs Cabral ’68 Hong Li & Chunlin Cai Massimo Calabresi ’82 Jolanda Zickmann & Domenico Calandro Kela Caldwell ’09 Ann Calkins Susan Canny ’96 Francine and Robert Caplan Susan Carney & Lincoln Caplan Margaret Bluhm Carey ’59 Caren & Tom Carpenter Matthew Carpenter ’03 Linda H. Carr ’42 The Carroll Family Rives Fowlkes Carroll ’57 Linsley Craig Carruth ’85** Suzanne Jackson Cartier ’52 Rev. Carol Ann Bradburn Celella ’72 Patty & Val Chamberlain Grace Chambers Belinda & Frederick Chen Xiaoling Yuan & Changqing Chen Karin Roffman & Melvin Chen Isabel Chenoweth Beverly & Richard Chevalier Ann Pingoud & Marc Chung Rob Clark ’68 Karen Bowen-Clarke & Paul K. Clarke Frances & Edwin Clayton Leslie Virostek & John Cobb Alyson & Gary Cohen Dorothy & Irving Cohen Marge & Gordon Cohen Jane & Larry Cohen
** Matching Gift Program Participants
Ellie & Harris Coles Bud Conrad ’55 Yves Corbière ’95 Cristina Brunet & Joe Craft Faye Cramer Ken Crowley ’76 The Crowley Family Judy & Hugh Cuthbertson Susan & Fred Danforth Anne-Marie Boulade-Perigois Davies & Ray Davies Ellie Davis Charles B. Dayton ’36 Mercedes & Juan De La Mora Dominic De Renzi P. J. Deak & Lurline deVos Michele Biro Deitch & David Deitch Joan & Larry Delphia** Marrisa DeLise John Deming ’66 Jane & Bill Dennett William C. DeVane ’84 Marti Cowan & Gary deWolf Karen Miller Dibblee ’68 Olivia Dickey 2008 Randi & Timothy Diemand Verdi DiSesa ’64 Ken & Sue Dobuler, Zoe Dobuler ’10 Marjo Anderson & Mark Dollhopf The Douglas Family Deborah Sherman & Sarah Drury ’72 Evan Drutman ’79 Sonja & John Dudley Laurie & C. Dary Dunham Colleen & Gary Dunning Mr. & Mrs. John R. Eakin, Jr. Ann S. Earley Tracy & Brian Earnshaw Elizabeth DeVane Edminster ’47 Brinley Ford Ehlers ’83 Elizabeth Jonas & Tom Eisen Barbara Ellinghaus Scott English ’83 Krish & Vijay Erodula Mary Barthwell Evans Mary Everett Nasiha & Azi Fahmi Jo-Ann & Jim Farnen Penny & Malcolm Farrel ’56 Susan & Stephen Farrell Doris Drisler Ferguson ’42 Deborah & Julian Ferholt Polly Fiddler Anne Camp & John Flanders
Donor to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years
2012–13 PTC co-presidents Jaime Cole and Nadine Koobatian, Paul Giamatti ’82 and Head of School Carol Maoz at Foote’s Night at the Yale Rep celebrating Giamatti's performance in Hamlet.
Bradley Fleming ’99 Hope Fleming ’02 Thomas Fontana ’82 The Foote School Class of 1963 The Foote School Third Grade Thomas R. Forbes, Jr. ’51 Candace & Burvée Franz Margaret Friedman ’83 Gail & Peter Fritzinger Jamie Fuller Sondra Lender & Ben Fussiner Carolyn Kuzmeski & Saul Fussiner Ann Gabriel Lee Gaillard ’52 Jenette & Noah Ganter Lilliam & Felix Garcia** Elissa Schpero Garlick ’92 Nancy Gaylord ’53 Seiko Ono & Aaron Gerow Julia Getman ’85 The Gewirtz Family Barbara Gibson Martha Vietor Glass ’68 Susan Baserga & Peter Glazer Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gleeton Susan & Al Gobel Dr. Robert Golia ’68 Ward Goodenough ’32 Justin Goodyear ’88 Jessie Royce Hill & Daniel Goren Carole & Marshall Gottsegen Charles Granquist ’93** John Grant ’50 Avery Grauer ’87 Jonathan Grauer ’85 Shirley J. Greenwald Harriet Ely Griesinger ’54 Mrs. Richard R. Griffith
Nicole Korda-Grutzendler & Jaime Grutzendler Heidi Hamilton Liz & Chris Hansen ’86 Randi & Hassan Haraj-Sai Dorothea & Robert Harper-Mangels Bruce Harvey ’68 Debra & Jack Hauser Suellen Croteau & Michael Hayes William K. Healy ’44 The Hellerman Family Sarah Hendon Ann C. Twichell Hendrie Linda Keul Henley Elise & David Hergan Christina Herrick Arline Herriott Brook Hersey ’74 Hilary Fayen Higgins ’81 Frederick Hilles ’52 Constance Hitt Sandra & Tony Hogan George W. Holden ’68 Rosa & George Holler Elizabeth Holt ’79 Marcia Inhorn & Kirk Hooks Janice & Robert Horowitz Molly Houston Arthur Howe ’68 Henry Hunt ’68 Francie Irvine Carol B. Isaacs Zulhija & Yar Jabarkhail Herrick Jackson ’54 Kate Hunter & Richard Jacob Stephanie & Jacob Jarvis Louise Bluhm Jeanne ’54 Miriam & Jeff Jennings ** Matching Gift Program Participants
Ed Johnson ’54 Kathleen Johnson James Johnston ’68 Jeffrey Jordan Ginny Kingsley Kapner ’77 Cindy & Dean Karlan Tania Kazi Alexander O. Kerman ’07 Eva Kerman ’09 Margalit & Jeffrey Kern Claire Kilmer Nancy & Jackson King Alexander Kleiner ’00 Diana & Fred Kleiner Judith Labadia Mislal Andom & Michael Lake Jean & Nick Lamont Kirsti & John Langbein Natalie Lapides ’08 Peggy LaVin Gladys Bozyan Lavine ’47 Emma Ledbetter ’03 Morgan Lee ’07 Romy & Stanley Lee Nick Lehmann ’90 Molleen Theodore & Andrew Leonard Mary & David Lesser Beverly Hodgson & John Leventhal Herta Chao & Chiang-Shan Li John Lichtman ���95 Barbara & John Lichtman Cynthia Albert Link & Lawrence Link Katie & Michael Lipcan Lori Blank & David Low Bo Wang & Jinyu Lu Briah & Spencer Luckey ’85 Gretchen Bronson Lytle ’61 Pu Zhang & Chao Ma Dena & William Mack Deborah & Patrick Madden Margaret & Marc Mann Tisha Markette Catherine Petraiuolo ’83 & Andrew Martin Talbot Welles ’81 & Tom Mason Jill McCarns Jamie McCarthy Amy Sherman & John McCarthy Michele & Jesse McCray Dalton Cox McCurdy ’96 Duby McDowell ’75 Elizabeth Donius & Kenneth McGill Shirlee Ching McGrath The McPartland Family
Donor to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years
REPORT OF GIVING
Alinor Sterling & Steve Mentz Jennifer Foley & Joseph Miko Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Prudence Loeb Miller ’37 York Miller ’64 Alexandra Moellmann ’82 Barbara & John Monahan Rachel Ebling & Edward Moran Martin Moreland Ann Murdock Mary P. Murphy ’92 Elizabeth & Ben Muskin Lisa Brown & Daniel Myers Joan & Michael Nast Jonathan Nast Navaratnam–Tomayko Family Vimala Navaratnam Walker Holmes & Justin Neuman Jane Whittlesey North ’45 Grace Tuttle Noyes ’41 Harriet Tuttle Noyes ’47 The O'Keefe Family Joan O'Neill Jacinta O'Reilly Patricia Fiorito Oakes ’60 Patricia Oates, Joyce Ousley, Sue Miller Donna Olivieri Frances & Robert Osborne Jessica Sager & Sachin Pandya Deborah Johnson & Joseph Paolillo Brinda Emu & Sunil Parikh Peter Park Rebecca Paugh Emily Peel Laura & Frank Perrine John W. Persse ’73 Owen Luckey ’83 & Dana Peterson Mrs. Edward Petraiuolo, Jr. Dr. E. Anthony Petrelli ’53 Elizabeth Petrelli ’96 Shannon Petty Millie & Barry Piekos Patience Pierce ’68 Susan Stokes & Steven Pincus Grey Maher & Aaron Pine Nancy Berliner & Alan Plattus Elizabeth Possidente Peggy & Dick Pschirrer Jeannine & Anthony Purcell Andrea & Klaus Radebold Marie & Richard Raymond Sneha & Satya Reddy Dorleen & James Reidy
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Reilly Naomi Senzer & Brad Ridky Andrew Rivera ’06 Eera Sharma & Oscar Rollán Lydia Romanik Amy Estabrook ’72 & Philip Ross ’64 Fred Rossomando Diane & Harvey Ruben Ann & Peter Ruger Jennifer Prah Ruger & Theodore Ruger Tracey & Eddie Ruotolo Kerry & Raymond Russell Tricia Reilly & Peter Sachner Joanne Saccio Susan Devine & David Sakheim Krystn Wagner & José Salvana Robert D. Sandine Christin & Ben Sandweiss Carolyn & Clarence Sasaki Ilene & Robert Saulsbury Gregory B. Sawyer ’86 Maxwell Sbriglio ’12 Alison & Jim Schleifer The Schneider Family Abha Gupta & Stephen Scholand Amy Marx & Robert Schonberger Jodi & Jacob Seidner Meltem & Emre Seli Trisha Kelly & Mark Senzer Hilary Shank-Kuhl ’68 Alison MacKeen & Scott Shapiro Jane K. Shedlin ’47 Claire Shubik ’88 Rae Siegel William Silva ’66 Diana E. Smith ’73 Meg McDowell Smith ’69 Sarah Lohmann Smith ’39 Penny Snow Sandra & Henry Snow Linda & Charles Sommerfield Karen Kennedy & Alex Sommers Andrea & Brian Sorrells Lucy & Wayne Spaar Sarah Clark & Gustav Spohn Wesley Springhorn Margie & Alan Starensier Cathya Wing Stephenson ’51 Marcus Stern ’75 John Akin & Mary Stevens ’63 Ginger Stevens ’96 Mary & Douglas Stone
** Matching Gift Program Participants
Katherine & Kenneth Stone John Stratton ’54 Betsy Leavy Stroman ’55 Curtis Sutro ’73 Erin Sweeney ’02 Shannon Sweeney ’00 Katharine M. Swibold ’75 Maria Swift Patrick Swift Samone Swift Suman & Manish Tandon Diane E. Thompson Carole & Donald Tomayko Becky Conekin & Adam Tooze Grier Torrence ’69 Ann Hunt Tritz ’45 Sara Shneiderman & Mark Turin Julia Adams & Hans van Dyk Mrs. Josiah G. Venter Eve Volk Katharine Adams Walker ’63 Ellen Sherk Walsh ’73 Nadia Ward John Wareck ’84 Sheila & Lawrence Wartel Thea Buxbaum & Gar Waterman Katharine & Nick Weber Barbara Long Wedmore ’46 Erica & Gordon Weiss Bonnie Welch ’79 Thomas Wellington ’76 Caleb Wertenbaker ’88 Ki & Kae Whang Christine Ko & Peter Whang Betty & Jim Whitney Marie Wilkinson ’79 C. Lawson Willard ’47 Diane & Scott Williams Catherine Stevens Wilson ’68** Jean-ellen McSharry & Chris Woerner William Wood ’63 Harriet Calhoun Wrenn ’43 Zhirong Jiang & Zhiqun Xi Lan Lin & Wu Yan Yanbin Liu & Y. Richard Yang Jennifer & Christopher Young Sylvia Thayer & Philip Zaeder Bob Frank & Raffaella Zanuttini Lenore & Albert Zimmermann
Donor to the Annual Fund for five consecutive years
FACULTY & STAFF James Adams & Annie Ducmanis Laura & Victor Altshul Lara Anderson Lynne Banta & Javier Garcia Carrie & Bill Bergantino Tim & Kris Blauvelt Katy Clark-Spohn Botta ’98 & Robbie Botta Emily Buckley Jacob Burt & Elizabeth Gill Jeannette Byers ’65 Mary Beth & Andy Calderoni Amy Caplan ’88 & Nicolas Gangloff John & Deborah Fong Carpenter ’82 John & Keri Climie Liam & Alison Considine Dody & Jay Cox Tina & John Cunningham Susan & Richard Delaney Amanda & Ray Diffley Bette Donahoe Sonja Dudley Lely & David Evans Dawn & Dan Farricielli Jennifer & Alan Friedman Jacqui & Stephen Fritzinger Silvia & Rich Gee Jennifer Gelzinis Ângela & Fernando Giannella Cara Given Michael Golschneider Jane Gordon & Andrew Julien Maria & Charles Granquist** Tina Hansen & Adam Hopfner Pamela Harmon Sarah Heath & Franz Douskey Lynda & Peter Johnson Meghan & Steve Karolyi Özler & Ege Kayaarasi Margy & Rich Lamere Joseph LaMacchia Sheila Lavey & Mike Dooman Leslie & Marshall Long Karen & Bill Longa** Megan Maher Bill Manke ’91 Carol & Michael Maoz Karla Matheny & Mark Landow Michael McCabe & Donna Rehm-McCabe Melissa & Timothy McCormack Brad & Becky McGuire
Beth Mello Michael Milburn Gail Mirza Julie & Bill Moore Kelly Moran Colleen & Michael Murphy Susan Neitlich & Matthew Broder** Sally Nunnally Tristen Oifer Cathy & Christophe Pamelard Hilary & Erik Pearson Ann Baker Pepe & Greg Pepe Danielle & Matthew Plante Carol & Wes Poling Denise Quinn Dobratz & Erik Dobratz Veena Raghuvir & Ryan Haug Cjet & Cindy Raymond Liz & Tom Reed-Swale Ellen Reif Martha & Larry Reina Deborah A. Rhoads Debra Riding & Oliver Barton Julian Schlusberg Ashley Schnabel Susan Shaw Allison Siefert Kelly & Ben Small Adam Solomon Laura & James Stanley Andrew Sweet Deborah Teason & Michael Bergman John & Elisa Turner Ellen & Joseph Velardi Erika Villa Dawn & Scott Walsh Sandy & Dick Whelan Ted & Lois Willis Alexandra Wittner** Kim Yap & Andrew Lewandowski Jennifer & Mark Youngblood Heather & Fred Zetterberg
FAREWELL GIFTS The parents of departing eighth and ninth graders contributed to Farewell Gifts in appreciation of their children's experiences at Foote.
The Buhl Family Isabel Chenoweth Christine & Vincent Chiocchio Karen Bowen-Clarke & Paul K. Clarke Marti Cowan & Gary deWolf Sheree & David DiMario Colleen & Gary Dunning Dorota Knyszewska-Dziuda & Darius Dziuda Seiko Ono & Aaron Gerow Joanne & David Goldblum Marcia Inhorn & Kirk Hooks Jeffrey Jordan Geri & Charles Lemert Brenna & Jeffrey Lent Catherine Petraiuolo ’83 & Andrew Martin Jill McCarns Jennifer Foley & Joseph Miko Tricia Reilly & Peter Sachner Laura Davis & David Soper Julia Adams & Hans van Dyk Nadia Ward The Wildridge Family France Galerneau & Keith Williams Heather & Fred Zetterberg Departing Eighth Grade Parents contributed toward the construction of the new playscape on the Middle School recess field. Anonymous Susan Brown Sue & Dean Chang Leslie Virostek & John Cobb Kim Bohen & Douglas S. James Cindy & Dean Karlan Meghan & George Knight Alexandra Hokin & Glenn Levin Zehra & Huned Patwa Laura & James Stanley Elisa & John Turner Kathy Cooke & David Valone Ellen & Joseph Velardi Erica & Gordon Weiss Yanyun Wu & Yi Zhou
Ninth Grade Parents contributed to the school's financial aid program. Constance Bagley Mary Warner & Mark Beebe Liz Geller Brennan ’80 & Steve Brennan ** Matching Gift Program Participants
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REPORT OF GIVING
In Honor of Jim Adams Andrea & Brian Sorrells
In Memory of Jane Baserga Susan Baserga & Peter Glazer
In Honor of Laura Altshul Beverly Hodgson & John Leventhal
In Memory of Stephanie Dunham Howell ’52 Lee Gaillard ’52
In Honor of Ann Rachel Brandt ’84 Peggy & Dick Pschirrer In Honor of the 30th Reunion of the Foote School Class of ’83 Brinley Ford Ehlers ’83 Scott English ’83 Margaret Friedman ’83 Peter Kagan ’83 In Honor of Jacqui, Stephen & Lucy Fritzinger Gail & Peter Fritzinger In Honor of Barbara Lee Frances & Robert Osborne In Honor of Leslie Long Ning Wei & Wang Deng In Honor of Roslyn Morrison Ilene & Robert Saulsbury In Honor of Libby Peard Tanina Rostain & Richard Schottenfeld In Honor of Frank Perrine Anonymous In Honor of Marian Spiro Deborah Bovilsky In Honor of Margie Starensier’s Birthday Cecle & Joseph Adler Ellie & Harris Coles Carole & Marshall Gottsegen In Honor of Lisa Totman for the Science Discovery Room David & Serena Totman Bechtel ’84 Jonathan & Rachel Totman Davis ’86 In Honor of Betsy & Harry Welch ’42 Bonnie Welch ’79
In Memory of Tom Luckey Ettie Luckey Minor Foundation, Inc. In Memory of Capt. Ben Sklaver ’92 Kevin Geenty ’57 The Geenty Group Will Silva ’66 In Memory of Marilyn & John E. Smith Diana Smith ’73 Class of 1968 Gift In Memory of Bentley Baker ’68 & Laura Simpson Thorn ’68 Anonymous (2) Jim Bigwood ’68 Wendy Houston Brown ’68 Molly Meigs Cabral ’68 Rob Clark ’68 Catherine Smith Cuthell ’68 Karen Miller Dibblee ’68 Martha Vietor Glass ’68 Robert Golia ’68 Bruce Harvey ’68 George Holden ’68 in memory of Eli Clark Arthur Howe ’68 Henry Hunt ’68 James Johnston ’68 Hilary Shank-Kuhl ’68 Patience Pierce ’68 Elizabeth Prelinger ’68 Rosemary Ripley ’68 Robin Smith Swanberg ’68 Leland Torrence ’68 Catherine Stevens Wilson ’68**
FOOTEBRIDGE Anonymous The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation The Foote School Parent Teacher Council New Haven Road Race The Seedlings Foundation Smart Family Foundation, Inc.
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FOUNDATIONS & FUNDS Stephen Altshul Foundation Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation Eder Family Foundation The Flagg Foundation The Gordon Foundation The Kingsley Foundation Minor Foundation, Inc. Point Harbor Fund of the Maine Community Foundation The Rhode Island Foundation The RISC Foundation, Inc. Sasco Foundation The Seedlings Foundation Smart Family Foundation, Inc.
GIFTS IN KIND Chay & Richard Bershtein Angie Hurlbut Bun Sui Lai ’84 John Kebabian ’69 Peter Pap ’68 Kerry Triffin ’58 Ellen Velardi Yaira Matyakubova & Andrius Zlabys
GIFTS TO ENDOWED FUNDS C. Dary Dunham School Spirit Fund Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Maxwell Sbriglio ’12 Frank M. Perrine Scholarship Fund Elizabeth Gibson Burbank ’80 Elizabeth Daley Draghi ’77 Gene J. Takahashi Scholarship Fund Wendy Sharp & Dean Takahashi, Kerry Takahashi ’07, Kai Takahashi ’09 Hannah Lee Fund Cecle & Josef Adler Ellie & Harris Coles Anne-Marie Boulade-Perigois Davies & Ray Davies Debbie & Bill Friedman Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gleeton Carole & Marshall Gottsegen Arline Herriott Constance Hitt Amy Starensier & Richard Lee Amy Sherman & John McCarthy Frances & Robert Osborne Margie & Alan Starensier
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Jean G. Lamont Scholarship Fund Rita McDougald Campbell Margaret & Marc Mann Nancy E. Chapman & King-fai Tam
Marian Spiro Fund for Science Enrichment Renée Perroncel & Neal DeLaurentis** Marian Spiro
Jean Shepler Miller Fund Thomas Brand ’88 Elizabeth Daley Draghi ’77** Mary Murphy ’92 Elizabeth Prelinger ’68
Orten L. Pengue Scholarship Fund Mary Bailey The Foote School Drama Program Friends and Families of “Funny Girl” Ann Gabriel Joan O’Neill Patricia Oates, Joyce Ousley, Sue Miller Fred Rossomando Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Maxwell Sbriglio ’12 Julian Schlusberg
Jonathan Milikowsky Memorial Fund for New Technology Robert and Marianne Burger Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Jonathan Milikowsky Scholarship Fund Jennifer Milikowsky ’02 Kindergarten & Mixed Age Groups Program Fund Leila Hachicho & Ali Abu-Alfa LaViola Family Scholarship Fund Philomena & John LaViola Martha Brochin Endowed Fund Elizabeth Brochin Susan Canny ’96 Amy Sherman & John McCarthy Penny Snow Samone Swift Margaret Hitchcock Scholarship Fund David I. Hitchcock ’42 Milos Saccio Fund Mary & David Lesser Joanne Saccio Penny Snow
Phyllis Brown Sandine Memorial I.S.I.S. Scholarship Fund Deborah Bovilsky Anne Sa’adah ’69 Robert D. Sandine
MATCHING GIFTS Bank of America Foundation Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Exxon Mobil Foundation, Inc. Ford Foundation GE Foundation Intermountain Industries Petroglyph Microsoft New York Life Foundation Open Society Institute Pfizer Inc. Pitney Bowes Portland General Electric Company Rockefeller Brothers Fund Scripps Howard Foundation T. Rowe Price Associates Foundation, Inc. Travelers UBS
STARS (Schools Together for Arts ResourceS) New Haven Road Race The Foote School Parent Teacher Council Joanne & David Goldblum
Polly Fiddler Art Fund The O’Keefe Family Catherine & Robert Sbriglio Pasi-Sachdev Family Scholarship Fund The Pasi-Sachdev Family Timothy and Mary P. Doukas Fund Susan Swords Stevens ’62 Pat & John Zandy
FUND FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH Anonymous Laura & Victor Altshul Stephen Altshul Foundation Beverly Hodgson & John Leventhal
LEAP AT FOOTE PROGRAM Unrestricted Endowment Anonymous Hope Fleming ’02 Richmond Hosley ’61* Anne Sa’adah ’69
The RISC Foundation, Inc.
The Jean and Edward Kirby Endowed Fund for Financial Aid was established in 2013 by their son, John T. Kirby ’69, in recognition of their love of the school, and of the central role it has played in three generations of the Kirby family's life. Mrs. Kirby was Assistant to the Head of School from 1966–91. This Endowed Fund is intended to honor the importance of learning other languages and literatures, a characteristic of Foote that both Mr. and Mrs. Kirby especially prized.
** Matching Gift Program Participants
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REPORT OF GIVING
Endowed Funds The Board’s Finance Committee recommended the purchase of zero coupon bonds in the early 1980’s as a strategy to create the school’s endowment. It was a momentous decision — when the last of the zero coupon bonds matured in 2003, the initial investment of $310,000 had returned $1,655,450. Over the years Foote’s Endowment has continued to grow significantly, and now stands at $8,401,000 (June 30, 2013). The Endowment is comprised of unrestricted funds and endowed funds contributed by parents and past parents, alumni, and friends of the school. The capital is not spent; a distribution is made annually from interest earned on invested funds. The Board’s goal is to provide significant, stable, and sustainable funding to support the school’s annual operating budget and specific donor designated programs. The spending rule smoothes year-to-year volatility by using a weighted-average formula that takes into account spending from the prior year and the current market value of the Endowment. In the past year the endowment added $306,500 to the school’s operating budget, supporting financial aid, curriculum and program. UNRESTRICTED ENDOWMENT S. Prescott Bush Clement Endowed Fund — established in 2007 in honor of Prescott Clement ’35. The proceeds are used at the discretion of the school’s Board of Directors. ENDOWMENT FOR CURRICULUM ENRICHMENT Martha Brochin Endowed Fund for Library Books — established in 2004 in memory of Martha Brochin, a Foote School parent and much-loved pediatrician.
Margaret Brooks Endowed Fund — established in 2010 in memory of Madame Brooks, French teacher at Foote and parent of Preston ’79, Kate ’82 and Nat ’87. The Fund supports the school’s language department.
Jean Shepler Miller Music Fund — established in 2009 by alumni who studied music with Mrs. Shepler during her long career at Foote (1953–91), the Fund provides support for the school’s music department.
Polly Fiddler Art Fund — established by parents and former students in recognition of Polly Fiddler’s outstanding work as an art teacher at Foote for more than three decades (1978–2009). The fund supports the school’s studio art program.
ENDOWMENT FOR FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Levin Fund — established by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Levin to fund the purchase of books and materials to enrich and extend the collection of the Frank M. Perrine Library. Kindergarten and Mixed Age Group Programs Fund — established by the parents of Foote students Aya and Hadi Abu-Alfa in 2010 to support and enrich the Kindergarten and Mixed Age Group programs. Library Endowment — gifts to endowment intended to support the Frank M. Perrine Library. Jonathan Milikowsky Memorial Technology Fund — created by classmates, family and friends in memory of Jon ’98, to provide annual support to the Technology Department, particularly for new technology and innovative uses of technology. Marian W. Spiro Fund for Science Enrichment — established in honor of Marian Spiro, science teacher at Foote from 1970–1989, to enrich and enhance the school’s science programs. Friends of Foote Theater Endowment — established in 2002 by David and Deborah Moore, to fund costs associated with the outstanding drama program.
** Matching Gift Program Participants
Joya Marks Endowment for Professional Development — created in 2001, and in 2007 named in honor of Joya Marks, Lower School Head (1993–2007), this fund provides support for professional development opportunities to enrich the lives and work of Foote School teachers. Violet Talbot Endowed Fund — established by parents and faculty in honor of kindergarten teacher Violet Talbot at the time of her retirement in 2001 to provide support for teacher training and for financial aid for children of color. ENDOWMENT FOR FINANCIAL AID Benevento Family Scholarship — established in 1987 by the Benevento Family. Simone Brown Fund — established in memory of Simone Brown, Class of 1981, following her death in 1983. Carolyn Foundation Endowment — established by generous gifts from The Carolyn Foundation in 1989 and 1998, this fund has grown to over a quarter million dollars, providing significant annual funding for financial aid for children of color from New Haven. Celentano Scholarship Fund — created to recognize the many contributions of Freddie Celentano who worked at Foote as a member of the maintenance staff from 1963–77.
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Janis Cooley-Jacobs Scholarship Fund — established in 1999 after the death of Foote parent and pediatrician Janis Cooley-Jacobs.
Pasi-Sachdev Family Fund — created in 2005 by the Pasi-Sachdev family to reflect their deep appreciation of the Foote School community.
Timothy and Mary P. Doukas Fund — established in 1997 by Mr. and Mrs. John Zandy in memory of Mrs. Zandy’s parents.
Orten L. Pengue Scholarship Fund — created in 2008 by parents and students in honor of Ort’s many contributions to Foote’s theater program.
Martha Babcock Foote Fund — established in memory of the founder and first Head of School, 1916–35.
Frank M. Perrine Scholarship Fund — established in 1991 in recognition of Frank’s many contributions to Foote as Headmaster from 1967–92.
Margaret Hitchcock Fund — established in memory of Margaret Ballou Hitchcock, Foote English teacher and head of the Upper School from 1931–57. Jean G. Lamont Endowed Scholarship Fund — established in 2004 in recognition of Jean Lamont’s commitment to diversity and a strong financial aid program during her tenure as Head of School from 1992–2004.
Phyllis Brown Sandine Memorial ISIS Scholarship Fund — established in 2002 by ISIS (Inner-City Scholarships for Independent Schools) in honor of Mrs. Sandine, a Foote parent and long-time friend of the school and an advocate for early childhood education. It provides financial aid funds specifically for New Haven children enrolled at Foote.
Hannah Lee Memorial Endowed Fund — established in memory of Hannah Lee ’08, 1993–2004, this fund provides annual support for the school’s financial aid program.
Gene J. Takahashi Scholarship Fund — created in 2010 by Dean Takahashi and Wendy Sharp, Kerry Takahashi ’07 and Kai Takahashi ’09, in honor of Dean’s father.
LaViola Family Scholarship Fund — established by Philomena and John LaViola in honor of their grandchildren, Alexandra LaViola ’06 and John LaViola ’09.
Anne Schroeder Vroman Scholarship Fund — created in 2006 by Barent Vroman in memory of his wife, a member of the class of 1946.
Jonathan Milikowsky Scholarship Fund — established in 2007 in memory of Jon Milikowsky ’98 by his parents, Sharon and Daniel Milikowsky, brother Matthew ’95 and sister Jennifer ’02, the fund provides financial aid for a student in grades 6–9 who demonstrates intellectual curiosity, cheerful engagement with classmates and teachers, kindness, optimism, and appreciation and respect for others. Summer/Fall 2013
ENDOWMENT FOR LEARNING SUPPORT Milos Saccio Fund — established in memory of Milos Saccio ’83, 1967–79, who was a sixth grader at Foote at the time of his death, this fund annually provides learning support with the intention of helping children reach their full potential.
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RESTRICTED FUNDS The school also appreciates and relies upon the support provided by Restricted Funds. These funds are not endowed — the principal is spent as needed over the years. Current Restricted Funds include: Classical Book Fund — established in 1996 to honor Latin teacher Carol Ross, and used annually to provide library and classroom resources to enrich the study of classical Greece and Rome Fund for Community Outreach — established in 2012 to provide funding for meaningful community outreach programs offered at Foote in support of the greater New Haven community. C. Dary Dunham School Spirit Fund — established in recognition of Dary Dunham’s leadership of Foote as Interim Head of School, 2007–09, it funds campus activities that build a sense of community. Faculty Professional Development focused on reading instruction — established in 2013 to provide professional development for Foote School teachers and learning support staff in techniques and methodologies that support students with dyslexia and other reading challenges. Friends of Foote Theater Fund — established in 2002, this fund provides support for expanded opportunities in educational theater made possible by the construction of the Robert D. Sandine black box theater.
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Class Notes 1931 Happy Birthday to Martha Knight Clyde who turned 96 in August. Martha is enjoying her retirement community and her 10 great grandchildren.
1933 Charles Huntington writes “I like to brag about our fifth grandchild and first grandson, Samuel Ellsworth Huntington, born November 9, 2011, and named for the two Huntingtons whose biographies are in the 1968 Encyclopedia Britannica: Samuel, who signed the Declaration of Independence, and Ellsworth, Sammy’s great grandfather.”
1934 Class Correspondent: Stuart Clement email@example.com
Stuart Clement and his wife Anne Campbell Clement ’39 attended Reunion Day in May. He remarks that he “was definitely ‘Senior Officer Present’ — a Navy term.” He and his wife had a great day and say the school is in great shape. Stuart turned 93 years old in June! He tells us “Our six offspring are flourishing and some of their offspring have recently given us great grands.”
1935 Class Correspondent: Anna Huntington Deming firstname.lastname@example.org
“The teachers I had at Foote continue to inspire me to do my best…” 1936 Class Correspondent: Elizabeth Reeves Goodspeed 111 Hunter Avenue New Rochelle, NY 10801
Class of 1938
1939 Class Correspondent: Anne Campbell Clement email@example.com
1940 Sandol Stoddard is doing lots of traveling this year, with 10 grandchildren being married one by one — mostly in San Francisco, her favorite city. Also, she is happy to report that several of her early children’s books are now being translated into European languages.
1941 Class Correspondent: Nancy Redway Pugsley 88 Notch Hill Road Evergreen Woods, Apt. 355 N. Branford, CT 06471 203-488-8312
1942 Class Correspondent: David Hitchcock, Jr. HitchDL@aol.com
Louva and David Calhoun
1945 Class Correspondent: Elinor Bozyan Warburg firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Pond Goss writes “As of now, mid-May, troops are all at their respective residences from Thailand to RI via California and Oregon. All well, including great granddaughter, Audrey, 1 year.” Michael Buchanan wishes his sons could have attended Foote. James is a prolific writer and John is a doctor and the director of the Southern New Hampshire Family Practice Medical Association.
1944 70th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondent: Ruth Watson Martin
1946 Class Correspondents: Kent Healy Kent.Healy@verizon.net Karen Wylie Pryor email@example.com
Class of 1935 The Class of 1935 was represented by Barbara Hale, Janie Hotchkiss, and Anna Deming at the all-school reunion, a good percentage of the remaining nonagenarians. We were also in touch by phone with Ann Hilliard in Maine and Margaret Oppenheimer in Washington.
Jennifer Griswold Hillhouse reports that except for fundraising, she is retired from Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She is active in the Old Lyme Library, Old Lyme Historical Society, New London Maritime Society, and Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association.
She has made several trips to Tanglewood this past summer. Sally Ford writes that she retired in 2006. She often travels between Nyack, NY and Boone, NC. She has been writing a bit, reading a lot, and complaining a little. Kent Healy is working as a civil engineer full time on Martha’s Vineyard and has a 1929 Model A Ford pickup as a backup to his 1986 Toyota pickup. He writes that he sees Sally Griswold twice a year at Cronig’s Market and Whit Griswold ’57 monthly at the West Tisbury Conservation Commission meetings.
1947 Class Correspondent: Gladys Bozyan Lavine GBLavine@gmail.com
1948 Nancy Tuttle Adam writes “Life in assisted living is something new — not what I planned, but Harriet Tuttle Noyes ’47 lives nearby and visits often and markets for me. I miss seeing Grace Tuttle Noyes ’41 who remains in Nantucket and at 85 is very active.”
with known whereabouts and still breathing out of the intrepid 24 sent into the world by Sturley, Hitchcock, Paul, Corbiere, Dentan, among others. Heard from were Nancy Curtis (little new), John Grant (not to be shared but okay), Perry Welch (already said it all) and Margaret DeNoyon Saadeh (still singing and traveling twice a year to visit family in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain). These notes then serve to propose that Meeks is still in a kayak with a dog or two, Tordis Ilg Isselhardt is publishing more books each day, John Dollard is herding grands and livestock in Texas, Robert Dentan is still SUNY Emeritusing, Matthew Griswold is hauling greenery all over the N.E. landscape, Osterweis is being dramatic, John Berry is striking golf balls as is Pigott, Marcia Tucker Boogaard is most likely speaking French with her grands while Laurance Barbour is probably playing bridge and Frances Salter McElheny is avoiding heart surgeons. It is quite clear that these people are mostly in their right minds, active and in some cases still productive. Some are even plotting their next reunion in 2015 with another big turnout and increased time to enjoy each other’s
65th Reunion, May 3, 2014 The Class of 1949 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Danielle Plante in the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Diana Corbin Young reports that she has “happy surprises at age 77, gallery directors invite me to show my work on their premises and my admirers carry me in a rose scented palanquin to the seat of glory!”
1950 Class Correspondent: Mary Pigott Johnsen email@example.com
Mary Pigott Johnsen writes about her class, “The class of ’50 numbers 15 Summer/Fall 2013
Terry and Penny Colby
company with profound discussions in a celebration of our formative years together at a great school.”
1951 Class Correspondent: Emily Mendillo Wood 118 Fifth Avenue Milford, CT 06460-5206 203-878-9963
Jack Ford is still teaching at California College of Arts and Crafts, now called California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
1952 Class Correspondent: Harald Hille firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Gaillard had an interview in March with Francis Rose on Federal News Radio following Counterpunch’s publication of his analysis of the Pentagon’s 2012 Summary Report on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Lee has also had two photographs accepted for exhibit in the Adirondack Artists Guild juried art show and traveled to France with wife Ann during the first two weeks of June. Nancy Osterweis Alderman (New Haven, CT) writes that this coming fall all four of her grandchildren will be in college, which lets one know that one is getting farther and farther away from one’s grammar school days. She continues to work on issues where the environment is harming health. In the current political environment it is really hard to get anything done — but her group (Environment and Human Health, Inc.) helped get a ban in Connecticut on minors under 17 being allowed to use tanning beds because of the relationship between tanning bed use and melanomas. But it did not prove possible to get any further protective legislation adopted on a number of other issues. Her group will have a new report coming out this fall on the harmful effect of flame retardants. 43
Pat Spykman Winer ’51 Pat Spykman Winer stands in a hallway of her Bethany house, in a part of the structure built in the 1800s, and looks approvingly at a painting right inside the front doorway. It is a picture she painted when she was just 8 years old, of the family’s homestead and its animals. She did it with the guidance of her mother’s good friend, Eugenie Tyler, an accomplished water colorist. Was it a marker of things to come? “I loved doing art at 8,” she says. “But I didn’t think about the future.” The future was a maze of adventures, with art just part of the mix. She majored in Greek and French at Radcliffe, tried to work in publishing for a while — “it was a time when women had to go to graduate school or get a secretarial job,” she says “Floating Island” — became interested in international affairs and returned to school for a master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She used her degree once she married and moved to Washington, D.C., working for the Washington Center for Foreign Policy Research. Yet always lurking in the background was that yen for art, and when a colleague mentioned that he had been taking art courses at the Corcoran School of Art, Pat signed up. “I went to art classes in the mornings and worked in the afternoons, and something clicked,” she says. “I said to myself, ‘this is where I want to be.’” She steps out of the hallway and moves through the kitchen into the dining room, where a delicate floral done in gouache demands attention on the wall. In the right corner is a signature, Sarah C. Sears 1927, a great aunt. Diagonally across, Pat’s own painting, a large floral acrylic on paper, hangs, testament to her work featuring large flowers in the 1980s and ’90s. Soon after she rediscovered her affinity for art, her mother died, and Pat returned to Connecticut to settle her mother’s affairs. She and her husband soon moved back, and although the marriage ended, she had discovered New Haven’s Creative Arts Workshop and a teacher there, Cynthia Bloom, who had a lasting impact on Pat and a number of other students. After four years back in New Haven, she moved to Berkeley, Calif., and earned a degree in art from the California College of Arts and Crafts, now California College of the Arts. She followed a relationship to Milwaukee, where she connected with other artists and started showing her work at a local gallery. “The first time I went to Milwaukee, I burst into tears,” she remembers. “Piles and piles of disgusting, dirty snow were everywhere. But I grew to be very fond of it.” She established herself fully as an artist in Milwaukee, then a city of almost 750,000 with a number of viable art galleries, and lived there for 21 years. But as she grew older, family beckoned, and she moved back to her childhood home in Bethany, a few acres from her niece, who is a potter and the daughter of her sister Angelica Spykman Harter ’48. Since her return to New England she has had shows on Block Island, at the New Haven Lawn Club, and at the Milford Public Library, among others, and her artist’s books have been shown at the Woodbridge Library and the University of Southern Maine. She steps into the living room, where a collage she created years ago adorns a wall. She discovered collage early on, and it quickly became a medium she has repeatedly returned to. As she moves into her studio, a cathedral-ceilinged room that is a contemporary addition to the older rooms up front, the light streams in through the walls of windows, an artist’s paradise. Her next project is in her hands in just a moment’s time, a large multi-part study of a palm tree. But it will have to wait until the gardens and grass are weeded and the vegetable plants and fruit trees are tended, until spring and all its attendant needs is over.
Class of 1953 Eight members of the class of 1953 met for a full weekend of activities to celebrate our 60th reunion. We began with a Fridaynight dinner at Mory’s attended by Mary Lou (Venter) Briggs, Bill Crosby, Rick Fabian and his wife Georgene, Nancy Gaylord, Sarah (Willard) Penegar, Eligio Petrelli, and Bob Wing. That was a lively occasion, and because three of us (Bill, Rick, and Sarah) were attending their first-ever Foote reunion, we had a lot of catching-up to do! We were also pleased to see Mary Lou’s mother — the last surviving class parent — at the next table with other family members. We enjoyed Reunion Day on Saturday and marveled at the new facilities. In order to drive home how much the school has changed in 60 years, we walked down to 315 St. Ronan Street and recollected what had gone on behind each of its windows. On Saturday evening the same group of classmates met for a dinner party at the home of Eligio Petrelli, where we also were pleased to see Eligio’s brother Richard Petrelli ’57 and his wife Marion. During its quieter moments, the party proved to be a good opportunity to remember each classmate who was not there, many of whom had sent newsy letters. Finally, most of us met again on Sunday morning, for brunch at La Luna Ristorante in Branford. This time we were joined by Brenda (Sweeney) Filley, who had missed our other activities due to participating in a USTA tennis event. This reunion was notable for attracting three new participants, whom some of us had not seen for literally 60 years. Bill Crosby came the farthest, from Tucson, AZ, where he has been involved with the well-being of Native American groups and the protection of their traditional lands, as well as more general environmental issues. He has produced a number of photo-documentaries and currently compiles and distributes an email newsletter (OUR Environment News) every few days, giving links to articles of interest to the progressive community. Sarah Penegar
Nancy Gaylord, Rick Fabian, Mary Lou Venter Briggs, Bob Wing, Bill Crosby, Sarah Willard Penegar, Eligio Petrelli
came from Knoxville, TN, where she continues to work as a psychotherapist. Rick Fabian, following a successful lung transplant, drove down from Holderness, NH, with his wife. The “regulars” at the reunion — Mary Lou, Nancy, Eligio, and Bob — are well and report “more of the same.” Mary Lou spent the winter in Sun Valley, ID, skiing all 93 trails during the month of February. Bob spent 10 days in March at an observatory in Chile. Eligio was in Rome last fall, and Nancy has been busy with Hopkins/ Prospect Hill reunions and fundraising activities. The lead-up to the reunion allowed us to hear from several classmates who were not able to attend. Carol Gordon writes from Durham, NC, that she has become a real Southerner, with a drawl that comes through even in her emails. Wil Aaron writes from Caernarfon, Wales, that he and his wife, Carys, spent six weeks in New Zealand during the austral summer, visiting their daughter who is working there on a two-year contract; Wil and Carys are now back in Wales after stopping in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to visit one of their sons. Celestine (La Farge) Nicolas sent news from Reuver, The Netherlands, where she lives in a 17th century watermill that she and her husband, Joep, acquired in the early 1960s and extensively renovated. She is “still caught up in the world of dance and music,” concentrating now on Irish step dancing and other forms of percussive dance — teaching, giving
workshops, and entering competitions. Marilyn (Jordan) Schulz and Cathleen (Greaves) Rowlette both sent greetings from Canada, and both claimed to be doing too much traveling to fit in a trip to New Haven. Marilyn, who with her husband Roger has moved into a Toronto condominium, wrote of trips to Europe and even Cuba. Cathleen, in Vancouver, has recently returned from Tortola (Virgin Islands) and is planning a trip to China. Katherine (Tiernan) O'Connor, who retired last summer from the faculty of Boston University, was in Russia at the time of our reunion as the faculty lecturer on a Harvard/Yale Alumni Association tour. Finally, we have had brief communications with Lee (Warren) Buss in Oregon and Butch Butterworth in Mt. Carmel. Butch missed the reunion but has subsequently reported that he, his wife Leigh, and their ponies are all well, although the rains have delayed the start of the polo season. We have also heard from Naomi Tucker Gerwin, who was in our class through the 4th grade and now lives in Cincinnati, OH. One of the sentiments often expressed during the reunion was that we felt — despite the passage of time — more closely connected to our Foote classmates than to our acquaintances from high school or college. Another was that we should certainly try for a repeat performance in the not-too-distant future. — Robert Wing, Columbus, OH
Flame retardants are in almost everything we use in our homes and our cars so it is important to know about them and what they do. Nancy sends her good thoughts to all and misses our wonderful classmate Stephanie, of whom she thinks often. Serafina Kent Bathrick (Avoca, WI, and Siracusa in Sicily) has also sent in some news: “My (second) husband, Michael Florescu, died in 2011. I go to Sicily by myself now each winter. I come back to Wisconsin to run an ‘underground’ restaurant at my farm, Lightyears Farm, in Avoca (see: http://www.localharvest.org/lightyearsfarm-M49788). I see my children and grandchildren (two in college) for the summer months and then I disappear again to a little apartment in Siracusa, where I contemplate surrounding ancient archetypes, paint and write. When will our class meet again? I’ll be there next time, and I am sorry to have missed the last one. I like the continuities we provide for each other and the ways to keep memories safe.” Your class secretary (Harald Hille — Riverside, CT) can add his own contribution: “I have been working 3–4 days a month as a temp back at the UN — more language work covering meetings. I have also accumulated another granddaughter (3 so far with another in the oven) and am planning a short trip to Sweden (my father’s homeland) soon with an older granddaughter, who ‘growed like Topsy’ and is now 10. Stockholm had some immigrant riots a month ago, which confirms that the world, for all its charms, remains a complex place. Hard to please all the people all the time — it’s probably an unrealistic and inappropriate goal.”
1953 Class Correspondent: Robert Wing email@example.com
See page 45.
1954 60th Reunion, May 3, 2014 The Class of 1954 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Danielle Plante in the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edward Johnson and his wife are retired but active with the local church, fire department, historical society, and food co-op. Edward also writes a political blog for the local papers.
1955 Class Correspondents: Nawrie Meigs-Brown email@example.com Lee Dunham LDunham@sandw.com
We extend our sympathy to the family of Charlotte “Mopsy” Seymour Lovejoy who passed away on April 2, 2013.
1956 Class Correspondent: Will Amatruda firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Osterweis Selig retired in 2010 but continues as a research collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History leading the effort to digitize 33 years of a publication, AnthroNotes, that she founded. She often visits with three grandchildren in Oakland, CA, and Boston, MA. Walter Bloch writes “Today (Tues.), pickling fish. Tomorrow (Wed.), who knows?” We are sorry to report the passing of Alexander Wellek on March 20, 2012. Will Amatruda reports “This January on a visit to Seattle I looked up classmate Gifford Pinchot (congratulations to him and to Ursula Goodenough for their Wikipedia entries). After a pleasant lunch, I asked about Walter Bloch. He suggested giving him a call, so we went into a quiet lobby, sat down, and
put Gifford’s cell phone on speaker. A delightful 45-minute mini-reunion followed. Bravo, technology!”
1957 Class Correspondent: Kevin Geenty email@example.com
Martha Porter Haeseler is an art therapist at VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Last spring, she headed up a team to provide training in Resilience through Art for US Army bases, including writing a workbook and art activity book, and giving training. Martha’s 6 grandchildren range in age from 6–17 (the oldest headed to college) and she remarks “they are all unique, beautiful, and amazingly talented, as I’m sure everyone else’s are as well.” Kevin Geenty is working at his business, Geenty Group Realty, of which his daughter, Kristin, is now the president and principal owner. Kevin recently traveled to Palm Springs, CA, for a Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Conference and to Warsaw, VA, for a wild turkey hunt along the Rappahannock River. Congratulations to Tim Tilney whose granddaughter Stephanie gave birth to his great-grandchild, Caedon, on November 11, 2011. His granddaughter Chelsea will be graduating from Waterford High School this June. Rives Carroll is in the process of organizing the 36th season of the summer day camp she founded in 1978, Cleveland Park Camp. She has spent 3 weeks of study, home stay, and travel in Brittany; 1 week of relaxation and play in St. Thomas with three generations of family; and makes regular visits to her 96-year-old mother. She enjoys spending Sunday evening dinner with her family every week and watching her youngest grandchild one day a week. She hopes to improve her French fluency and to find more time to read, travel, and complete house projects. Tristram Coffin Gaillard instructs Real Estate agents (for CE credit) on how to identify, market, and Foote Prints
buy antique and unusual homes. He is active in his church and wishes to set up his “furniture-making-out-ofantique-wood-and-artifacts workshop” in his new house. Tristram is proud of his 11-year-old grandson who is an accomplished concert pianist and plays rag-time tunes for elder care people. Joan Johnson Stone reports that she has been busy traveling. She has recently gone to Borneo, Thailand, and Myanmar and fell in love with the people and culture of Myanmar. Her next trip is to Germany and Prague to celebrate her 70th birthday and her sister’s 80th. Joan’s son lives in Denver with his wife and dog and she wishes they were closer. Gilbert Hillman is retired and has spent his time giving lectures, leading art museum tours, playing racquetball, and playing the guitar. He traveled to Bhutan last year. He has one grandchild starting high school and another starting to worry about
colleges. Melissa Bradley is also retired and keeps busy restoring a 1920’s homestead on a property that she owns in SE Colorado. She hopes to stay healthy and active in 2013. Carol Miller Rand joins the retired group although she finds herself busy taking literature courses, reading and participating in reading groups, listening to music, and gardening. She spends her winter in Mexico and will be going to Scotland for golf and castles in May. Her daughter, Katherine, started a PhD program at the Claremont School of Theology last fall, and her grandchild just had his bar mitzvah. Bruce Reynolds and his wife, Yoke San, went around the world teaching on a Semester-at-Sea voyage from January to May. They are now living with their grandchildren in Potomac, MD, and summering in Wisconsin. Bruce says “We’d welcome visitors.”
Class of 1958
1958 Class Correspondent: Eric Berger firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosalind Farnam Dudden received the Marcia C. Noyes Award, the highest professional distinction of the Medical Library Association, which was established in 1947 to recognize a career that has resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship.
1959 55th Reunion, May 3, 2014 The Class of 1959 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Danielle Plante in the alumni office at email@example.com.
1960 Class Correspondent: Happy Clement Spongberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Clement Spongberg and Muffie Clement Green ’61 recently went on a trip to a nature conservancy in Little St. Simons Island on the Georgia coast. Happy reports that it was a “great trip — complete with fabulous birding, alligators, rattlesnakes, corn snakes, black racer snakes, cotton rats, armadillos, fallow deer, rice rats, and at least 7 billion mosquitoes!” (See photo.)
Barry Stratton, Eric Berger, Kerry Triffin
Eric Berger, Barry Stratton and Kerry Triffin represented the Class of ’58 at Reunion Day this year. The three enjoyed the reunion, but missed classmates, and will be looking for everyone for our 60th. They tell classmates to expect a phone call, and pressure to come, and to send a note about what they’re up to. “We had good results for the 50th, and we should strive to do even better next time.” — Barry Stratton
Class Correspondent: Muffie Clement Green email@example.com
Muffie Clement Green has been instrumental in the organization of the Foote School archives in anticipation of Foote’s centennial in 2016!
ideas for our Big Five 0 and more broadly, for the School’s upcoming centennial, a request for any stories and memorabilia you can share from those great days we were all together.”
1967 Class Correspondent: Nina Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
1968 Class Correspondent: Liz Prelinger email@example.com Leland Torrence firstname.lastname@example.org Rob Clark email@example.com (2nd row at the end) Happy Clement Spongberg ’60 and sister Muffie Clement Green ’61 at a nature conservancy trip in Little St. Simons Island, GA.
1962 Class Correspondent: Donald O. Ross firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Granbery writes that she is in her second year with her “Outside the Box” science and art program for the Borrego Springs Public Middle School. She also has been enjoying sewing, music, and art. Pamela writes “Heathie, I remember cooking at the United Illuminating, Co. well! So sorry to have missed our big reunion.”
1963 Class Correspondent: Susan Stratton email@example.com
See page 49.
1964 50th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondent: Verdi DiSesa firstname.lastname@example.org
1965 Class Correspondent: Eric Triffin Eric_Triffin@aya.yale.edu
1966 Class Correspondent: John N. Deming, Jr. email@example.com
Grace Hammond Boss writes “I am still overseeing another construction project, taking a stand, studying my Bible, especially 2 Peter. This spring I enjoyed two business trips to New York City and was quite impressed by Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, a special exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Chip Ewell has been in Italy teaching art, archaeology and mythology. Christine Wallach is living in Virginia and working for the World Bank. John Deming writes “I enjoyed this year’s reunion events, and Foote has certainly evolved since we graduated in 1966. This leads to a request for
We are sad to report the passing of Laura Simpson Thorn at her home in Mount Kisco, NY on August 11, 2012. We have had a great response from the Class of 1968. Please see the 45th Reunion wrap up on page 50. For a complete version of class notes (five full pages!) you may visit www.footeschool.org/edocs/1968.pdf. To view a gallery of photos (old and new) visit www.footeschool.org/ galleries/Classof68/index.html.
1969 45th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondent: Meg McDowell Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
1970 The Class of 1970 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Danielle Plante in the alumni office at email@example.com.
Class of 1963 The class of 1963 had a great turnout, though only one of us — Rob Livingston — lives locally! Katharine Adams Walker, Kathy Arnstein, and Judith Hull came to New Haven from Massachusetts, William Glenn came up from New York, and George Reigeluth down from Hartford. Susan Stratton traveled from New York state, and Kendy Alford Madden came from Durham, North Carolina. Peter Lin came furthest, from his home in Oakland, Calif. Unfortunately a last minute commitment prevented Rusty Tunnard from joining us. Some of the classmates attended the educational sessions, some spent the time catching up and reliving the years at Foote and in New Haven. After lunch a few went to the afternoon activities and some took a walk around campus trying to remember what teachers were in each classroom and reminiscing about the good and the bad. We headed to downtown New Haven and the Yale campus and took a stroll around trying to recall what stores had been where. We learned that we had careers in finance, healthcare, advertising, management, education, arts, and research. Most are still working — some harder than others — enjoying time with friends and family, traveling and continuing to learn. Katharine Adams Walker is exactly the same (not that the rest of us aren’t!). She is a management consultant and doting grandmother. Kendy Alford Madden is an avid cyclist. She has biked throughout Europe. She has an upcoming trip that will take her and a group from Shanghai to Singapore over a three-month period this fall. What a wonderful experience it should be. Kathy Arnstein has walked more than 600 miles over several decades for
Susan Stratton, Judith Hull, George Reigeluth, Katharine Adams Walker, Kathy Arnstein, William Glenn, Robert Livingston, Kendall Alford Madden, Peter Lin
hunger and breast cancer and works part time. William Glenn is a director of theatre and retired professor of same and has a daughter and son. William organized our dinner at Mory’s, and we suggest that he might produce the 100th for Foote, with Susan Stratton, who contacted reluctant souls for our reunion. Judith Hull teaches at Emerson College and has a 17-year-old daughter at home. She is on Foote’s Alumni Council and participating in the plans for celebrating Foote's Centennial in 2016. Peter Lin tells the truth: working part time is the best. He works in maintenance at UC Berkeley, is learning Mandarin and tai chi. Rob Livingston has a wonderful sense of humor and works hard for youth in New Haven as a high school psychologist, but not as hard as he used to, because he is retired or at least semi-retired.
George Reigeluth is an educator and entrepreneur specializing in healthcare delivery systems. Susan Stratton, owner of Stratton Partners/advertising has added a new career in nutrition, with a degree from Cornell and continues with her ad agency Stratton Partners. Her daughter, Lacey, 21, is in New York City in fashion marketing. In the evening we went to Mory’s for dinner. Everyone was able to stay at least for a little while. We also reached out to Ken Delfini via phone. At the end we extracted a commitment from all including Ken to come back for the 55th reunion in 2018. We would love to see even more classmates at this reunion, so mark your calendars. A good time was had by all! — Kathy Arnstein, Judith Hull, George Reigeluth
Class of 1968 We had a great time with everyone at our 45th reunion. Fourteen out of 32 members of the class attended, and others sent their regrets. Here’s some news about the event and our classmates. Leland Torrence and his wife Laura (with spirited assistance from Rob Clark and his wife June) hosted the reunion at their home in Woodbridge, CT. Classmates spent the afternoon at Foote and then descended on Leland’s farm that evening. We were privileged to have Dody and Jay Cox, Frank and Laura Perrine, and Annie Clark in attendance as well. Frank tickled the ivories later in the evening, as we “sang” show tunes. I say this generously, because only Catie Stevens Wilson could actually sing a note. Catie came all the way from Seattle where she and husband Richard recently downsized. Her work at Microsoft continues to challenge and engage. Wendy Houston Brown and husband Keith also showed up, even with short notice. Catie came the farthest distance, but Doug Davie made the most amazing trip to enjoy this weekend. Doug has been in failing health and is patiently awaiting a liver transplant. He not only attended the afternoon festivities at Foote but came to the dinner at Leland’s, as well. It was great to see him next to Frank Perrine leading the sing-a-long. Doug lives in Hamden with his wife Liisa and his two college age sons. Bruce Harvey and his wife Maresca drove down from their home in Wethersfield, CT, to attend the festivities. Bruce retired from his position in labor relations for the Postal Service and needs to buy a bigger sail boat so he can actually live on it full time. Maresca is an elementary school principal. Rob Clark and his wife June continue to live in Darien, CT. Rob sells high-end stainless steel pumps and valves to the pharmaceutical biotech industry, and June is going on her 40th year of teaching figure skating.
Chuck Taylor, Carol Maoz (Head of School), Molly Meigs Cabral, Rob Clark, Cathy Smith Cuthell, Jim Bigwood, Martha Vietor Glass, Leland Torrence, Doug Davie
Rob and June have two children, son Spencer, an actor living in Los Angeles, and daughter Eli, a writer also living in L.A. Martha Vietor Glass resides in NYC and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. She recently took a new position as President of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a volunteer arm of the hospital and “it is a real honor!” Martha’s husband John is a residential real estate broker in the city with Edward Lee Cave, in case anyone needs an apartment! Their son JB has started a men’s swimwear line. Their daughter, Marietta, works at a private equity firm in Philadelphia. She graduated from Colgate two years ago. Rob and Martha were amused to find that her daughter and Rob’s son Spencer, unbeknownst to them, are friends. Yusuf Gursey lives in New Haven and is a researcher and independent education management professional. He had been one of our “lost” alums and he quickly caught up with the group. He is know for his research on lasers which was interesting to Leland, who has always wanted to put a laser light show on his two story tower. Chuck Taylor attended the reunion with his artist wife Ravenna. Chuck continues to invent and teach, and loves to investigate old power plants. He’s living in Stockton, NJ, and may have won the prize for looking the least changed from grade school.
Bill Wolfgang attended with his wife Haydeh. Bill is living outside of Albany, NY. He’s been a research scientist specializing in infectious bacteria. Robin Smith Swanberg attended with husband Charles. They live in the Boston area and work in the financial services industry. Leland Torrence and wife Laura live in Woodbridge, CT, with sons Leland ’06 and Edward ’07, four dogs, a miniature pig who’s not so miniature… pushing 200 lbs.…, chickens, and numerous other furred and feathered wildlife. Leland is an independent building project manager, and Laura is a fantastic cook and spends a good deal of time keeping her brood in line. Leland the younger recently returned from several months in Argentina working as a gaucho and is now working in his father’s business. Edward is living at home keeping the piano keys warm and working in IT. Leland and Rob cannot thank enough the hard work and sheer enthusiasm that Cathy Smith Cuthell put into this reunion. Cathy is on the move constantly with her work in NYC as Co-Director of the Bank Street Graduate School of Education Saturday Math Program and married to husband David who is Professor in International Studies at Columbia. They both travel extensively in Turkey and the Middle East, and in spite of time differences and hectic schedules,
Cathy pushed and cajoled our ranks into submission. She produced a wonderful slide show for the class as well as a sound track that resulted in some excellent dancing. Cathy also arranged for an extremely generous matching gift from a number of our classmates, so the class of 1968 was able to make a substantial Reunion gift to Foote.
a lot of time as our research assistant tracking down missing classmates and guiding the party team of Cathy Smith Cuthell, Leland Torrence, and Rob Clark as the party began to take shape. She was missed but had obligations with her work as a Professor of Art History at Georgetown University.
Molly Meigs Cabral arrived at Foote with husband Doug in tow. Everyone cracked up because Doug, who is the Editor of the Martha’s Vineyard Times, was reluctant to make the trip, but got right into the swing of things. Molly continues to horseback ride and clearly enjoys living on the Vineyard full time. Molly and Doug have two dogs, Diesel and Tedi, and encouraged any one who happens to be on the island to call.
Peter Pap, well known in the Oriental rug business with offices in San Francisco, New York and New Hampshire, recently attended the opening of the new Science and Technology building at Foote and often hosts Foote alumni gatherings in San Francisco. He had just been east and couldn’t make the trip again but is already looking forward to our 50th.
Jim Bigwood has been a loyal Foote Schooler, attending alumni days whenever he was available and it was great to see him this trip. He made it in spite of his recent move to Atlanta. He continues to produce independent movies and TV shows and is producing “The Red Road,” a six-episode television series for the Sundance Channel, which will air in Feb. 2014. Class President George Holden’s son Paul just graduated from Yale, following his daughter Meg, and son John has just been accepted. George and his wife Ann live in Houston where George continues to teach at SMU. He travels a great deal speaking on “the end of spanking and family violence” and just returned from Haiti.
Leland got a nice note from Arthur Howe who indicated that his parents Bill and Joan Howe are relatively well at 90 and 91, and love living at Essex Meadows, a retirement community in Essex, CT. “After 23 years in the W. Hartford CT Fire Dept., Arthur writes “I had a chance to “retire” early and did… Spent 5 years as Fire Chief in Ipswich, MA, was probably more of a change agent than the transitioning selectmen could handle, and I finished up in 2011, soon starting work as the Public Safety Manager for Massachusetts’s largest land conservation group. Sadly, I was released with two others last Nov. and have been actively seeking employment since. Also, I have two great kids, Meredith, a marriage and family therapist, and Brian. Liza Little and I found each other electronically last May and have been together for almost a year now.”
Jamie Johnston was planning on attending but last minute things came up. He has just moved from Old Saybrook, CT, back to his roots in Cooperstown, NY. He had a difficult bout with Lyme disease and had a pacemaker put in in April. He’s on the mend and says living in the “rain band” has been an adventure and made travel very difficult.
Robert Golia was disappointed not to attend reunion. He has been married for fourteen years to wife Alyssa, an attorney /Law Clerk to Federal Judge Holly Fitzsimmons. Rob has four children and is the section chief of Restorative Dentistry at Yale New Haven Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Dental Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine.
Liz Prelinger, unfortunately, could not make the trip up to New Haven. She spent
Rosemary Ripley Grubstein is the Managing Director of NGEN Partners LLC,
a venture capital firm that invests in sustainable businesses. She has two sons, two stepchildren and a second husband, Peter Grubstein. She splits her time between Litchfield, CT, NYC, and Santa Barbara, CA, and works with her husband at NGEN Partners. Rosemary’s family has also expanded on her father’s collection of birds, which was put into a non-profit in 1985, (check it out @ lrwc.net) and if you’re near Litchfield, CT, she hopes you’ll bring the kids around. They are open to the public Fridays and Sundays. She is hoping to bring some birds to Foote this fall. She looks back with only fond memories of her years in New Haven, especially of Foote School, and in later years getting an MA at Yale School of Management. Tony Pasqualini had the best excuse for not attending. He’s been a working actor for 36 years and was performing the lead in Shakespeare’s King Lear the same weekend as the reunion. As he expressed it, “I’ve been an actor and playwright for almost forty years now; have two grown children and wife of thirty years (that’s our marriage length, not her age).” Hilary Shank-Kuhl lives in Montclair, NJ, and was involved in an art festival that fell on the same weekend as reunion. Rumor has it that Ricky Hamilton pilots a boat that takes people to Martha’s Vineyard, this from Molly and Martha. Got a great note from Tom Hunt (known as Henry at Foote). “I gave serious thought to coming to this reunion, but unfortunately it was the weekend before my exams (in my second life I’m getting a M.S. or Ph.D. in mathematics — don’t ask me why). Prior to my adventures in mathematics I was a practicing attorney. I live in Charlotte NC with my wife Janet. We have four daughters: Emily (28), Jennifer (deceased in 2012), Stephanie (24), Allison (17). I enjoy playing tennis and bridge.” We hope to see everyone at our 50th reunion in 2018!
Tom Kligerman ’72 When Tom Kligerman was a small boy, his parents enrolled him in a Yale-sponsored nursery school. Each day, Tom would run in the door of the school to “the biggest aisle I’ve ever seen of wood blocks,” and proceed to build a building, big enough that small children could crawl into it to play. “It was the thing I loved most to do,” he says. At the nursery school’s parent-teacher conference at the end of the year, Tom’s teachers told his parents they were concerned. “He’s very limited,” they said, their expressions grave. “All he wants to do is build buildings.” Almost 50 years later, he’s still building buildings, as one of the most highly regarded residential architects in New York. A man who so clearly remembers the 1665 red saltbox on State Street in Guilford he lived in when he was 3 years old that he can draw the floor plan of it still, he has taken mental notes of every structure in which he has lived, of which there have been many. From Manhattan to London to Paris to New York, the styles of those homes and their architectural idiosyncracies are embedded in his memory. A natural propensity toward architecture, combined with the influence of a mother who painted and a father who collected art and counted among his friends the famed postwar painters Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler, drew Tom to Columbia University’s undergraduate architecture program. There, the celebrated architect Robert A.M. Stern was still teaching undergraduate courses. Tom jumped at the chance to enroll. “It was a yearlong, grueling class, the hardest class at Columbia College,” Tom remembers. “Classes in the student course guide were rated from five — easy — to one — really hard. His class was rated a negative two.” But the impact Stern had on the young student was immeasurable. After graduate architecture school at Yale, Tom returned to New York to work for Robert A.M. Stern Architects. After seven years there, he joined a colleague in founding Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects, specializing in residential architecture, interior design, and landscape design. Their projects have ranged from houses in the Hamptons to the Pacific Northwest to Texas and the Bahamas, and they are the darlings of Architectural Digest, featured in the magazine’s top 100 architectural firms, their projects showcased frequently in its pages. At 24 years old, Ike Kligerman Barkley has established itself as a leading architectural firm in its own right. “Everything we do is based in a sort of historical precedent, which we then reinterpret in ways that are individualized according to clients’ wishes, local context, and a heavy dash of what we are thinking about at any given moment,” he says. “The heart of our office is the library, with 4,000 books. I just bought six more books this morning. It’s always being added to and rearranged.” He is humble about his successes, crediting his clients for their ability to articulate their hopes for their home. But he also credits his days at Foote. “Not a week goes by when I don’t think about Foote School and something I learned there,” he says. “Someone would mention “The Iliad,” or I would think about stop action animation in art class or Mrs. Shepler and May Day or when we made a movie in Mrs. Gulliver’s class in sixth grade. It was an incredible thing; that kind of thing doesn’t happen at most schools. That’s what I loved about Foote — mixing disciplines — and it’s one of the things I find exciting about architecture.” To view the work of Ike Kligerman Barkley, please visit www.ikba.com.
1972 Class Correspondents: Amy Estabrook firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 1973
Cathy Hosley Vouwie email@example.com
Louise Preston Werden’s youngest daughter, Devon, graduated from Conval High School on June 8th and stars in the movie The Way, Way Back which opened in movie theatres July 5th. Her son Leland will be traveling to China in August on a research grant. He is a tropical ecologist, currently in a grad program at the University of Minnesota. Her daughter Pembrooke is studying to be an OT at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Louise writes “As for me, I am existing peacefully in New Hampshire, happily away from the limelight.” Congratulations to Emily Friedman Stollar who has had many exciting family happenings in the last year. Emily’s daughter Sarah and her husband Mike welcomed a baby boy named Oliver Daniel on June 6th. Her son Sam was married December 1st and her son Aaron is engaged and will be married in the spring. Miriam Isenberg is working in the finance department of Kitsap Regional Library. The Kitsap Peninsula is just across the Puget Sound from Seattle and she takes frequent trips over to visit family and visit Pike Place Market. Miriam and her partner are helping take care of her partner’s elderly father and have been doing a lot of gardening. Tom Kligerman reports that work is going well with projects underway in Bahamas, Aspen, Martha’s Vineyard, Watch Hill, Palm Beach, and other amazing places. He continues his board work as President of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation and just joined the board of the Leaders of Design Council, an invitation-only organization for architects and interior designers across the US. He is working on a second book on Ike Kligerman Summer/Fall 2013
John Persse, Peter Hicks, Peter Bigwood, Tim Munson
The Class of 1973 celebrated its 40th reunion this past May with 4+0 attendees. Tim Munson, Peter Hicks, John Persse, and Peter Bigwood (who joined his brother Jim Bigwood ’68 who was celebrating his 45th reunion.). Unfortunately there was a myriad of lame excuses given by nonattendees (son’s college graduation, mother’s 90th birthday celebration, European cruises, even one classmate claimed they couldn’t be there because their daughter was getting married that day), and we missed all of you. Our hope is that our lives settle down a little over the next five years, and we can garner a plurality of our class for the 45th reunion in 2018. Those of us that attended each built and launched rockets off the second floor patio of the sparkling new Science and Technology building. It was not lost on us that if we had done that in the 70’s as students, a note might have been sent home postulating that perhaps Foote was not the right school for us, when in fact the opposite is true. The fact that we could build and shoot off rockets is exactly why Foote was the school for us! After the space race, we attended the all-school assembly and adjourned to lunch. During lunch we tried to piece together as much information about our missing classmates as possible, and took the usual poetic license afforded attendees and forfeited by those who choose not to attend, to creatively fill in the gaps. It was a glorious day to show off the ever-expanding school and we can’t wait to see what changes are present when we meet again in 5 years. Of course if your travels bring you to New Haven in the interim, we encourage you to visit the school at any time, and as always we ask that everyone make an effort to represent themselves in our class notes by contacting me, John or the school directly. — Peter Hicks and John Persse
Marcus Stern ’75 Artists often are able to take a step back and recall the pivotal moments that led them to the path they chose to take, and for Marcus Stern, a director for the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., (and also on the faculty at Harvard where he teaches acting and directing), many of those moments happened when he was in school. While at Foote, he worked with thendrama teacher Bob Sandine. He also saw, with his father, a Long Wharf production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” a thinly veiled tale of the rise of Adolf Hitler, “I remember being mesmerized by the closing moment of Artuo Ui,” he says. “I didn’t know theater could do that.” Both experiences were transformative but perhaps none so much as his entrance into theater at Hamden High. There, he worked with drama teacher Julian Schlusberg, now at Foote, who gave Marcus his first opportunity to direct. “As soon as I started directing this one act, I immediately had a sense of what to do, like there was an unexpected clarity in knowing what to do about set design and staging and using music on stage to help tell the story,” Marcus remembers. “It was sort of startling, and that was the beginning of my directing.” Marcus also spent many hours acting with Bob Sandine’s The Something Players, “a phenomenal group of people, wonderful souls, a joyous experience,” he says. He went to Boston University and in his junior year, moved to San Francisco, where he graduated from San Francisco State and focused on directing. He and a group of friends from San Francisco State founded the Reflex Action Theater (RAT), where for several years he directed while paying his bills with temporary office work. “It was another important time for me, both community-wise and theater-wise,” he says. “My work at San Francisco State and in the theater group helped clarify my voice as a director.” In a life with numerous turning points all pointing him toward directing, graduate school at Yale gave him the most powerful push. “The work I was trying to do really came together at the Yale Drama School,” he says. “The teachers were unbelievable, the students were incredible. You had actors and playwrights and dramaturgs and designers, friends and co-workers I worked with for years afterward. It was one of the happiest times of my life, and it gave me an opportunity to direct an enormous number of shows over the course of three years, a chance to hone my work, a chance to learn how to collaborate more with all disciplines of theater, and a chance to learn a tremendous amount from a faculty that was so smart and so skilled that they could pick you up by the scruff of the neck and say ‘yes that’s very slick but you missed it here and here and here.’” He left the Yale School of Drama, and for the next several years directed plays throughout the country while teaching at Columbia and New York universities. But he began to yearn for a place to call home, and when Robert Brustein, the theater critic and former head of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the founding director of A.R.T., made an offer, he accepted. “I wanted to get a dog and I wanted to stay in one place,” he says. “It led to my meeting my wife, Summer Turner, and it was worth the move just for that. I felt like before moving to Cambridge I was beginning to lose sight of what was outside of theater, what was really important in life itself.” He currently works for Diane Paulus, the artistic director of A.R.T. who recently won a Tony award for “Pippin.” And each day, he gets to work with Scott Zigler, (Foote ’78) head of the graduate training program at A.R.T. and another Foote alumnus. “We’ve been there together 17 years,” he says. “It’s totally funny — after being at Foote together — to arrive in the same place years later and become really good friends. He’s one of the main reasons I enjoy going to work.” His life is settled, but his mind never is. “The thing I’m most excited about is the discovery of new techniques in cognitive behavioral work and neuroplasticity, ways in which people can clarify what’s important to them in their lives and literally change their lives by retraining their brain, and to see how this might be applied to the work. We’re all struggling with life in one way or another,” he says. “If we can address our own struggles in the work, ideally when people see the work they feel less alone. They can recognize themselves and say, ‘Oh yes, I wrestle with that too. It’s not just me’.”
Barkley Architects. His children Rebecca, Katherine, and Magda are ensconced in school and Rebecca had a role in a documentary “Teenager” that went to Sundance and the TriBeCa Film Festival. (See profile, page 52.)
Class of 1978
1973 Class Correspondent: Peter Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org John Persse email@example.com
Abby Simpson is married to Todd Mydland and lives in Pound Ridge, NY. Her activities and interests include gardening, the environment, and animals. We are sad to report that Abby’s sister, Laura Simpson Thorn ’68, passed away in August of 2012. Valli Kligerman Budestschu writes “I am still the producer/host of Pop, etc. on France Inter which is the French Public Radio. I talk about Pop culture and especially music. I recently interviewed Bowie producer, Tony Visconti, in NYC. Other recent interviews: Sly Dunbar and Jean-Paul Goude responsible for Grace Jones’ amazing album “Nightclubbing” which came out in 1981. I was honored in November by the Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filipetti, by a medal “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.” In the same ceremony was Petula Clark. My son Simon’s (28) son is 6½. My daughter, Lauren (22), is studying Graphic Design in Lausanne, Switzerland at l’Ecal. I’ve been in Paris for 32 years! Would be fun to see Foote classmates here.”
1974 40th Reunion, May 3, 2014 The Class of 1974 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Danielle Plante in the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Binder, Anne Brownstein, Steve Fontana
A small but hardy group from the Class of ’78 met on Reunion Day to reconnect with former faculty, friends, and each other over lunch. Although we sadly were missing some of our “regulars”, three of us (Steve Fontana, Steve Binder, and Anne Brownstein) nevertheless had a brief period of time together. Anne is currently on a leave of absence from her teaching job in New York City; Steve Binder is a retired investment expert, and lives outside of Boston; and Steve Fontana is busy with a mix of public service, charitable projects, and part-time work in North Haven. The school looks great, and we enjoyed seeing Bob Sandine, Bob Osborne, and Frank Perrine again. Here’s hoping that more of us can come back in 2018 for the 40th!
1975 Class Correspondent: Jessica Drury email@example.com
1976 Class Correspondent: John Holder Jholder3@carolina.rr.com
1977 Class Correspondent: Elizabeth Daley Draghi firstname.lastname@example.org
1978 Class Correspondents: Nell DeVane Eleanor.S.DeVane@espn.com Stephen Fontana SAFontana@aol.com
1979 35th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondent: Bonnie Welch Bonniewelch@taftschool.org
Bonnie Welch is proud to report that her son Christian graduated from 8th grade at the Chase Collegiate School.
She writes “I was reminded vividly of our graduation from Foote. How tight a group we were and how sad I was leaving everyone and everything I had known for my whole life!” (Photo below) Chris Erikson just left the New York Post after nine years as an editor and feature writer there. He will be working for Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, helping to develop a curriculum for teaching the history of rock and roll in the public schools. He lives with his wife and two kids, 9 and 13, in Brooklyn, a block from Dan Brustein and two blocks from Kris Sandine.
1980 Class Correspondent: Liz Geller Brennan email@example.com
Congratulations to Eamon Roche and Sarah Blanton ’93 who welcomed son Atticus, born on April 6, 2013, joining sister Cleo, age 2.
1981 Class Correspondents: Jennifer LaVin firstname.lastname@example.org Nicolas Crowley email@example.com
Todd Kelley ’81 and Jennifer La Vin ’81 catch up with former faculty member Bob Osborne at Reunion Day.
Hilary Fayen Higgins writes: “We will return to the US at the end of August after almost two years in Germany. Our son Ronan now speaks fluent, almost accent-free German and had a wonderful experience that truly broadened his horizons. We are excited to be coming home but also sad to see this chapter come to an end. For more info on our adventures, see http:// bellinghamtoburghausen.blogspot.de.” Danielle Flagg recently returned from an amazing 6-month trip to Ethiopia. Through the advertising agency she’s been with for 17 years, Wieden + Kennedy, she worked with a local agency on the Nike Foundation proj-
Bonnie Welch ’79 and her son Christian at his 8th grade graduation, with her parents former Director of Admissions Betsy Welch and Harry Welch '42
ect Girl Effect (www.girleffect.org) on its mission to “leverage the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world … and make girls visible and change their social and economic dynamics by providing them with specific, powerful and relevant resources.” (See longer piece on page 68 for more details of Danielle’s Ethiopian adventure.) Jennifer LaVin and Todd Kelley got a chance to catch up and also visit with Bob Osborne at the Reunion celebration in May. Todd is currently living in Nashville, the proud father of two children, Coleman (17) and Mary Grace (15). After working in commercial real estate in New York City, Todd received a law degree, worked as an Assistant Attorney General, as an Administrative Law Judge, and in other governmental positions. Most recently, he was a Director of the state agency that regulates charitable fundraising and charitable gambling in Tennessee and is now looking for a leadership position in the charity sector. We are relieved to hear that Todd has fully recovered from a very serious skiing accident early last year, and we send him our deepest condolences on the passing of his father, the noted author and historian Brooks Kelley, who died in February. Foote Prints
1982 Class Correspondent: Bethany Schowalter Appleby firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Fong Carpenter writes, “I am thrilled to be joining the Development and Alumni team here at Foote School as the Development and Alumni Programs Assistant. My son, Nicholas, will be in the 4th grade at Foote next year and is very excited to have his own locker and donuts at recess!” Alexia Prichard has moved to New Orleans after 5 years in Boston, 4 in LA, and almost 20 in New York. She has a few documentaries in the works in New Orleans and is very excited to start a new chapter. She says “You can’t keep a good wanderer down!” and “As my classmates are some of the most creative, passionate, and interesting people I’ve ever known, I hope to see you if you pass by. As we say in NOLA ‘It’s not pretty being easy,’ but having friends makes it bearable.” Paul Giamatti will join the cast of PBS’ “Downton Abbey” for its fourth season, starring as Harold Levinson, Cora’s free-spirited brother. Clinton White reports that after almost twelve years of living and working overseas, he and his family will be returning to the US in the fall for an assignment in DC. He and his family recently took a trip to the Mediterranean coast of Egypt to stay in a town named El Alamein where they went swimming and took in the historical sites.
1983 Class Correspondent: Brinley Ford Ehlers Brinleysf@aol.com
Rob Palumbo writes to “say hello to all my friends from Foote!” He has been reading and trying to get outside as often as he is able.
Class of 1983
Back Row: Ted Sawyer, Catherine Rees, Peter Neville, Lisa Sandine Schuba, Brinley Ford Ehlers, Scott English, Kirsten Mendillo, Carol Maoz (Head of School). Front Row: Margaret Friedman and Charles Lebowitz
May 4 was a brilliant sunny day on Loomis Place. Foote School has never looked better! The Class of 1983 had a small but jolly turnout to celebrate our 30th Reunion. Our classmate, Lisa Sandine Schuba, Colorado Elementary School Principal Extraordinaire, accepted the Alumni Achievement Award, which was presented by Frank Perrine, our beloved headmaster. This reunion also marked the retirement of two key figures at Foote, Ted Willis and Laura Altshul, both retiring after 43 years. Nine members of the Class of ’83 were in attendance. Margaret Friedman traveled furthest to be there, she came all the way from Seattle. Other classmates present were Charles Liebowitz and Catherine Rees, both who hadn’t been back in (at least) 20 years; Peter Neville, Kirsten Mendillo, Scott English, Ted Sawyer and I rounded out the group, (unfortunately, a number of our classmates were not able to make it at the last minute). Later in the day, a few of us gathered for a cookout at Kirsten’s house in Hamden, and it was great to be joined there by former Foote faculty Bob Sandine and Francie Irvine. To this day, some of my closest friends are my friends from Foote School, dating back to kindergarten in 1973 (pretty sure not many people can say that). I sure am proud too! Hope to see you all in 2018 for our 35th Foote Reunion. — Brinley Ford Ehlers, Class of 1983 Reunion Chair
1984 30th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondent: Ann Pschirrer Brandt email@example.com
Courtney Broadus is working with Arc San Francisco as a volunteer. The organization finds work placements for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ann Pschirrer Brandt is living in Korea where her husband is stationed for the next year. 57
1985 Class Correspondent: Carter LaPrade Serxner firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Grauer is living in the Foote neighborhood, is a physician at Yale, and is enjoying his great family — wife, Janie and daughters, Julia (4) and Jemma (2). Anne Sielaff Beal is keeping busy with her guests at Bee’s Pet Boarding and says “If you make a trip to Maine this summer, please stop in to say hello!” She is also teaching Middle Eastern Dance and travels to Boston to perform, as well as a variety of places around New England. This summer she will be involved with the play “Salamanticus.” Congratulations to Jody Collins who was married to Captain Terence O’Connor, Jr., an Irish airline pilot, on May 5, 2013. Julia Getman was in attendance and Beth Collins ’87 served as the maid of honor. Jody is now living in Ireland and is traveling back and forth between Ireland and Boston for work. Kate Bingham Moorehead is publishing her fourth book “Resurrecting Easter” which will come out in October. She continues to work as
the Dean of St. John’s Cathedral and reports that her boys are now 15, 13, and 8. Xanda Fayen writes, “Still a school social worker. Still married. Kids are grown up. I’m a Nana now. Fighting the evil governor who has wrecked the state I love with a twisted tea party agenda. While I am ever so grateful for Foote, I am fighting for public education for all. Seems like a losing battle.” Carter LaPrade Serxner is starting her 22nd year as a middle school history teacher next fall. She writes “The teachers I had at Foote continue to inspire me to do my best in the classroom and to make learning a great adventure.” Her four children are 14, 12, 9, and 7. She and her husband David enjoy living in Princeton and watching their children on the soccer field and basketball court.
1986 Class Correspondent: Ellen Prokop email@example.com
1987 Class Correspondents: Jonathan Levin firstname.lastname@example.org
Avery Grauer recently moved into a new house in Hamden and has been enjoying settling in. Both of her children are now at Foote and loving it.
1988 The Class of 1988 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Danielle Plante in the alumni office at email@example.com.
The United Girls Choir, founded and directed by Tom Brand, has grown to 500 girls with 11 chapters in the greater New Haven area.
1989 25th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondent: Toya Hill Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Ari Friedlaender is a marine biologist at Duke University and spends most of his time tagging whales in the Antarctic waters. Ari was featured in an article titled “Awesome Jobs: Meet Ari Friedlaender, Whale Tagger” on www.tested.com. Ai-jen Poo was recently featured in The Sun magazine in an article titled “Swept Under the Rug, Ai-jen Poo On The Plight Of Domestic Workers,” for her work as the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
1990 The Class of 1990 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Danielle Plante in the alumni office at email@example.com.
Alumni gathered at Foote Night at the Yale Rep on April 6, when Paul Giamatti performed the lead role in Hamlet. Back row: Anne Roche Perrine ’84, Jeff Nordhaus ’82, Allyx Schiavone ’85, Claire Priest ’86, Bob Sandine, Mark Osborne ’82. Front row: Carol Maoz, Bill Perrine ’80, Annie Wareck ’85, Bethany Schowalter Appleby ’82, Debbie Fong Carpenter ’82, Wendy Fischer Magnan ’82, Bill Manke ’91. Missing from photo: Amy Caplan ’88, Colin Caplan ’94.
Congratulations to Katie Altshul Darci and her husband, Eric, on the birth of their son, George Scott Darci, on April 13, 2013. (see photo) Christopher Selden continues to enjoy life with his family. His interests have not changed much over the years and they include music, sports, and travel. David Holley passed his 2nd degree black belt exam in Kendo. He has been Foote Prints
Class of 1988
Carol Maoz (Head of School), Jennifer Petrelli, Carrie Angoff, Amy Caplan, Jon Altshul, Jon Lieber, Tim Heidmann, Carly Berwick, Tom Brand, Juliet Kerr Avelin, Blake Esselstyn
George Scott Darci, son of Katie Altshul Darci ’90 and Eric Darci, born April 13, 2013.
A nice bunch of our class met up on Reunion Day, enjoying the new science and technology building, seeing old teachers like Jay Cox, John Cunningham, and Ted Willis, and laughing over the many silly things we did and said over our years at Foote. Although we all are turning, or have just turned the big 4–0, we were amazed and pleased at how well we’ve all aged, despite the 25 years since leaving Foote. After the luncheon, a few of us reconvened on campus for a wine and cheese reception before heading downtown to BAR for pizza and beers (someone kept ordering more pitchers, but they were all successfully consumed). It was a fabulous and cathartic time of catching up, reminiscing, empathizing and more laughing. Hopefully more of us will be at Reunion in five years for our 30th! — Amy Caplan
studying for almost six years. David is still working as a Senior Project Manager for Virtual Events for ON24, Inc. He also teaches statistics for National University in his spare time.
1991 Class Correspondent: Bo Bradstreet firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Barbara Gahbauer Olmer and husband, Scott, on the Summer/Fall 2013
birth of their daughter, Amelia Louise, on September 30, 2012.
Isabel Sophia Shah, daughter of Sara Einhorn Shah ’92 born April 18, 2013.
Class Correspondent: Katie Madden Kavanagh email@example.com
Class Correspondent: Jenny Keul firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Sara Einhorn Shah and husband Semil on the birth of their daughter Isabel Sophia born April 2013. (see photo)
Congratulations to Sarah Blanton and Eamon Roche ’80 who welcomed son Atticus, born on April 6, 2013. (see photo)
Class of 1993
Nate Morse, Abbie Paine, Jennifer Gelband
1994 20th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondent: Arna Berke-Schlessel Zohlman email@example.com
Congratulations to Arna BerkeSchlessel Zohlman and husband Zachary who welcomed Benjamin Ellis Zohlman on April 30, 2013. Arna reports that Ben and his big brother, Gabriel (2.5 years) are doing well and enjoyed the summer hanging in Brooklyn or visiting New Haven. Congratulations are also in order for Michele Halickman Meyers and husband, Darren, who welcomed son Noah Elliot Meyers on August 13, 2012.
Eamon Roche ’80, Sarah Blanton ’93 and daughter Cleo welcome Atticus, born April 6, 2013.
Class Correspondent: Jack Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Correspondents Andrew Lebov email@example.com
JD Lichtman is living in the mountains of Maine where he runs a sleep away camp for girls that is thirteen miles from his home. His wife, Lisa, is a family physician with an office two miles down the road.
Elisabeth Sacco firstname.lastname@example.org
1996 Class Correspondent: Brett Nowak Nowak.Brett@gmail.com
Hershel Levine is an art teacher at JFK Middle School in New York and recently collaborated with other local art teachers to develop an exhibit of their students’ work at the Northhampton Center for the Arts. The March exhibit displayed more
Katy Zandy Atlas email@example.com
Danny Giannella’s design company Bower Studios, took home BKLYN Designs Readers’ Choice award for their magnetic Polaris lamp made of salvaged wood with a funky aesthetic and flexible design.
1997 Class Correspondent: Eliza Sayward firstname.lastname@example.org Noah Elliot Meyers, son of Michele Halickman Meyers ’94, born on August 13, 2012.
Benjamin Ellis Zohlman, son of Arna Berke-Schlessel Zohlman ’94, born on April 30, 2013.
Andrea Miller ’97 A Life of Dance Dance has been a part of Andrea Miller’s life since she was five and dancing in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Children’s Dance Theatre, run by a protégé of the modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey. Andrea’s mother, a radiologist who was passionate about music, wanted to steer her child’s plentiful energy. Dance was the tool. Four years after Andrea began dancing, she and her mother moved to Branford, and Andrea was enrolled in a program in Wallingford with prominent dancer and teacher Ernestine Stodelle. “Ernestine was a dancer with Humphrey as well, so there was a wild sort of connection between Salt Lake and my training in Connecticut,” Andrea says. (Andrea was also involved with the New Haven Ballet, of which Ernestine would not have approved. When Andrea went to New Haven Ballet classes, she told Ernestine she was going to the dentist. “She felt, as many modern dancers of her generation that my taking ballet classes could ruin the purity and essence of a modern dancer,” she says.) After Foote and Choate, Julliard beckoned. Andrea danced from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for four years. “It tested my stamina both mentally and physically for the art form,” she says. “I feel like that sort of setup is beneficial to me now, but at the time, it was grueling. I sometimes forgot why I loved to dance. But coming to Julliard was an opportunity to expose myself to dance as living art form. Our roots come from the pioneers of dance who developed the art form, but it’s a contemporary language that enables people to speak and move forward with new ideas.” Dance was all she wanted, and at Julliard she met Ohad Naharin, an Israeli choreographer who invited her to join his Tel Avivbased company, Ensemble Batsheva. For two years she toured throughout Israel and internationally. “I learned so much about movement and artistry and Tel Aviv,” she says. “It was a time when there was a war going on with Lebanon and we were still performing in the theaters. It was a life-changing place to be.” Even more than dance, choreography called to her, moving from a passion to an urgency when she was in Tel Aviv. She returned to New York, taking and teaching dance classes while figuring out her next life step, and met a dancer, Francesca Romo, who became her muse and subsequently, the co-founder of the pair’s modern dance company, Gallim Dance (www.gallimdance.com). “We poached studio space from Julliard after 9 p.m., when the students were done,” she remembers. “I knew the guards really well, and they liked me.” They found a welcome, too, at Joyce SoHo, at City Center, at Baryshnikov Art Center. But like a traveler borrowing sleeping space on a friend’s sofa, they wanted a place of their own. They found it in an unlikely place: The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. With the help of a visionary priest, the Rev. Michael Sniffen, Gallim Dance has been hosting classes, workshops, artist residencies, master classes with visiting artists and more. The group has presented musical concerts on Sundays, brought in artists from Julliard and other organizations with which they are connected, and perhaps most exciting to them, they recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to further develop its educational programming. Andrea is now a choreographer and teacher full time – “I'm a problem maker and my dancers are problem solvers,” she laughs - and more than all that, a visionary for education in the arts. “Our hope is that we can reach the local community in Brooklyn, the community at the church, and the dance community with which we have such a good relationship, by offering a variety of programs and access to the arts,” she says. “We really keep in touch with the institutions that help us grow. We’re in Brooklyn and we’re there to be Brooklynites, but we are trying to keep exposing and sharing our work wherever and whenever we can.”
than 60 pieces of student artwork. Congratulations to Kate Bogart who married Matt Joyce on June 29, 2013. Kate recently graduated from Columbia with a Master of International Affairs. She traveled to India for her capstone project. Andrew Lustman is a record producer and electronic musician known as FaltyDL. The iPod advertisements in the Apple stores feature his song, “She Sleeps,” as the one being played.
1999 15th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondents: Chelsea Rittchen 139 Fountain St. Apt. A9 New Haven, CT 06515-1926 203-387-8493 Jeremy Zuidema email@example.com
Lissa Moses Johnson started a company that developed Mosa Mack: Science Detective, a series of short, animated, science mysteries that expose students to the thrill of learning while developing their critical thinking skills. By focusing on girls and children of color, her organization is redefining the image of a scientist. You can get more information on the organization at http://igg.me/at/mosamack. We extend
our sympathy to Polly Coassin Franzen whose father passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2013.
2000 Class Correspondents: Alex Kleiner firstname.lastname@example.org Shannon Sweeney email@example.com
Caitlin Cahow is a member and captain of the Canadian Hockey League team the Boston Blades, which was recently written up in the Boston Globe as the “city’s best-kept secret.” Congratulations to Caitlin Babiarz who married Bryan Kobelski at the groom’s home in Stonington, CT, on June 22, 2013. Caitlin’s brother, Max Babiarz ’02, and Shannon Sweeney were both in the wedding party. Sadie Lieber was also in attendance. (see photo)
2001 Class Correspondents: Adam Jacobs 14 Tanglewood Lane Woodbridge, CT 06525 203-393-1760 Cassie Pagnam firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadie Lieber, Cait Babiarz, and Shannon Sweeney, all Class of 2000, celebrate at Cait’s wedding.
2002 Class Correspondents: Hope Fleming 47 Old Quarry Road Guilford, CT 06437 203-453-9400
Elise Silverstone is moving to Charleston, SC to pursue a career in elementary education.
Class of 1998
Class Correspondents: Courtney Holmes email@example.com Adam Shapiro firstname.lastname@example.org
Elisabeth Sacco, Julia Cuthbertson, Hadley Levine, Katy Clark-Spohn Botta
Matthew Carpenter worked for a few years at J.P. Morgan in New York and is now attending law school in California. He writes “I tapped the sage advice of Foote alums Doug Cuthbertson and Peter Leckman as I sorted through the law school process!” Wade Gobel earned a Master of Computer Science and is working at Foote Prints
Microsoft in Seattle. We extend our sympathy to Rence Coassin whose father passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2013.
2004 10th Reunion, May 3, 2014 Class Correspondents: Dillon Long email@example.com Dana Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Schwartz is starting an MSW program at Columbia University.
2005 Class Correspondents: Gabriella Rhodeen email@example.com
Dan Tebes firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher LaFreniere graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 and is working as a software development engineer at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Rachel Kauder Nalebuff has a play at the Edinburgh festival and is hoping to move to LA. She is working with Sarah Rosen and Nathaniel Moore. Gabriella Rhodeen was thrilled to reconnect with Tyler Reigeluth while performing in Liege, Belgium as a part of the RITU Festival. In the fall she will be performing as Scheherazade in the premiere of Rosanna Gamson/World Wide’s “Layla Means Night” at ODC Dance Commons in San Francisco.
Also in the fall, she will be in two productions in Los Angeles at the Alexandria Hotel: “I Should Have A Party For All the Thoughts I Didn’t Say,” a dance theatre love letter to Chekhov, and “Beware,” a live reenactment of and commentary on two of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s films “Whity” and “Beware a Holy Whore” which explores brutality and sexuality between men and women.
2006 Class Correspondents: Audrey Logan email@example.com Adam Gabbard firstname.lastname@example.org
Lolly Berger ’02 — A Healing Heart I am creating a program, Pachamama’s Daughters, which is a holistic healing program for survivors of trauma in developing countries. My intention is to combine my mental health training as a clinical social worker with the process of yoga, and an element of spirituality to help empower those who have been oppressed. My focus will be working against genderbased violence around the world, providing women with access to healing mind, body and soul in order to help them obtain more equal rights in society. I have just launched a pilot version of the program in northern Uganda where there is a recent history of war. I have been teaching 8 weeks of yoga to four beneficiary populations; two women's cooperatives, a girls residential home, and an adolescent life skills program. I conducted interviews about symptoms of trauma and my hope is that the experience of yoga-based healing helps to improve participants' physical and mental health. Please see my page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pachamamas-Daughters-Yoga-Uganda/396155713810277?ref=hl or my blog http://pachamamasdaughters.blogspot.com/. This summer in New Haven I sold East African crafts made by a small women's cooperative in Gulu, Uganda, to help support their social enterprise as well as to fundraise for my vision. I hope to conduct similar studies in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Audrey Logan is a co-founder of the Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition at Occidental College. The coalition’s mission is “to raise awareness of the sexual assault epidemic, and to advocate for best policies and practices that provide for a safe and equitable student experience at Occidental College.” Audrey was quoted in a New York Times article about college groups working together to fight sexual assault. Maddie Broder graduated from Yale in the spring and is headed to Memphis for two years to Teach for America. She recently appeared on Late Night with David Letterman presenting the top ten list “Top Ten Reasons I’ve Decided to Become a Teacher.” Adam Gabbard graduated from Curry College this past spring where he majored in Corporate Communications. He played center back for the Curry men’s soccer team all four years and was captain his senior year. Adam currently works for the Real Boston Rams, a semi-professional soccer team out of Boston as an assistant reserve team coach, youth academy coach, and in the marketing department. He also works for Curry as an assistant soccer coach and recruiting coordinator.
2007 Class Correspondents: Kenny Kregling email@example.com Symphony Spell firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Kim is a senior at WPI and did his junior year project in Venice, Italy. He will be in Osaka, Japan, from late May to October 2013 to do his senior project. Alexander Kerman transferred from Williams College to Hamilton College this year, chiefly on account of the geoscience department at Hamilton. He is very happy with the change and traveled to Tasmania in June with the department. Symphony 64
Spell is a rising senior at NYU and will be receiving her degree in Applied Psychology, minoring in Social and Cultural Analysis. She is the Head of Events and writer for an art and culture digital magazine called Superchief. They also run the Superchief Gallery at Culturefix in the Lower East Side in Manhattan. She currently lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn where she is happy to be a part of the growing art and music communities. Rachel Green is a rising senior at Hamilton College majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Studies and Mathematics. She is participating in SEA Semester focused on Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. After the program, she will head to the backcountry of Wyoming for a NOLS Outdoor Educator course. Rachel writes “since graduating from Foote, I have maintained my passion for outdoor leadership, biology, and environmental conservation and intend to pursue some combination of the above as a career. My family has relocated to Red Hook, NY, which is the sleepy, wonderful farming town that I now call home!” Jonathan Tebes is entering his senior year at MIT, majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics and Public Policy. He is interested in pursuing a PhD in Economics after MIT, in which he would focus on evaluating and designing microeconomic programs to address the pernicious effects of poverty. Out of the classroom, Jonathan enjoys playing soccer for MIT and serves as a mentor and data analyst for Amphibious Achievement, a dual athletic and academic mentoring program for inner-city high-schoolers from Boston. Emma Messore just finished a semester abroad in Montpellier, France. She will be working in New Haven for the summer and will return to Brandeis in the fall. Rachel Meyers is majoring in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a Theater and Film focus at the University of San Diego.
2008 Class Correspondents: Michael Milazzo email@example.com Kate Reilly Yurkovsky K_R_Y7@yahoo.com
Zoe Goetzmann is attending Sarah Lawrence College and is focusing on writing, film, and the visual and performing arts. She will be attending the London School of Economics summer program for marketing and management in the hope that she can pursue a career in fashion and hopefully get her tie company, Will and Zoe (www.willandzoe.net), running. Evan Horwitz is majoring in English and minoring in Theatre at Bowdoin College. He will be studying acting this summer at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford and studying abroad in London this fall. Maggie Bogardus is currently pursuing a double-major in French and Biology at Amherst College and will be studying abroad at La Sorbonne in Paris, France, this fall. Over the summer she will be living in Geneva, Switzerland, interning at the United Nations Population Fund.
2009 Class Correspondents: Chris Blackwood firstname.lastname@example.org Eva Kerman email@example.com
Austen Kim is a sophomore at Kenyon College where he plays men’s lacrosse. He was a summer intern at Janney Montgomery Scott in New Haven. Tim Swensen is majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics at Dartmouth, and is working in the NYC and London offices of a hedge fund for the summer. John LaViola is attending Trinity College.
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Mary Ebmeyer receptionist, 1990–96 August 4, 2013
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Anna Miles Jones ’41 March 22, 2013
Briggs Harlan is attending the University of Maine in 2013–14 after he defers for 6 months to travel. He was the recipient of the “Salute to Young Artists” by the Hamden Arts Commission 2013 in Music. He is playing guitar and piano and is working at Toad’s Place and the Peabody Museum. Congratulations to Cameron Swift who, as a senior at Oxford High School, won the Connecticut state track championship in the 1600 meter race at 4:16:60 beating a state record. Cameron is attending Sacred Heart University on a Track & Field Scholarship. Walker Marlatt studied abroad in Spain last spring and is starting the University of Georgia in Fall 2013. His band, Something Simple, has an album “Big Big House” on iTunes. Alex Kronman writes “I am heading down the hill to Yale next year!” Ryan Jackson is a freshman at the University of Vermont this year and will be majoring in Economics. He would like to start a career in business when he graduates. Danny Smooke won a gold medal for a Latin poem written in dactylic hexameter in the SCRIBO: International Latin Composition Contest. She placed third in the Girls Division (16–18 yrs.) of the Connecticut PGA Section Junior Golf Association Glastonbury Tournament and placed seventh overall. Calla Cameron is headed to Claremont College this fall to study government, and to get a degree in Human Rights, Genocide, and Holocaust studies. This summer Calla took her annual trip to build houses in a slum in Guayaquil, Ecuador and next summer she will be teaching in a school there. Summer/Fall 2013
2012 Class Correspondents: Harrison Lapides firstname.lastname@example.org Cassidy McCarns email@example.com
Hannah Beebe started this year on the varsity girls’ water polo team at Choate and is attending a three week acting for film program at the New York Film Academy this summer. Maya Harlan is attending Hamden Hall, playing on the soccer and golf teams and the CFC soccer team. She is studying photography and the history of Islam. She traveled to Belize last summer and is a certified scuba diver.
2013 Class Correspondents: Lawson Buhl firstname.lastname@example.org Anika Zetterberg email@example.com
Charlotte Seymour Lovejoy ’55 April 2, 2013 Alexander Wellek ’56 March 20, 2012 Laura Simpson Thorn ’58 August 11, 2012 Charles Setlow ’63 January 19, 2013
Mary Ebmeyer school receptionist, 1990–96 August 4, 2013 Mary was known for her vast snow globe collection on the front desk, which has continued to grow and delight students and visitors to this day. “She relished in finding the funniest and most unique snow globes she could find to add to her collection,” her daughter Mimi Dennis says. “One Foote teacher even made her one from scratch — it featured a rabbi in falling snow!”
Reunion Day 2013 There was much to celebrate at Reunion Day 2013 in May. Not only did the classes ending in 3 and 8 celebrate special reunions this year, but Foote celebrated three exceptional teachers, two whose careers spanned more than 40 years at the school and one who began her career in New Haven and has taken her experience across the country to teach the next generation. The day began in the new Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building with registration, refreshments and a variety of minicourses for returning alums. The roof deck on the upper level provided a staging area for shooting off rockets built by alums in Tim Blauvelt’s lab. They took off to enthusiastic applause. The Awards Assembly followed. Laura Altshul and Ted Willis were honored for their long teaching careers at Foote. Laura’s tenure included more than 20 years as a head kindergarten teacher and 20 more as the admissions director. Her commitment to broadening the Foote community and to collaborative programs such as STARS and
Retiring teacher and admissions director Laura Altshul surrounded by her family including alums Jon Altshul ’88, Seth Osborne ’85 and Mark Osborne ’82, husband Vic and granddaughter Maya.
Footebridge is renowned. Ted Willis’s career also spanned 43 years, during which time he saw the athletics program expand and opportunities for women in sports multiply. Ted taught more than 3,000 students in his years at Foote, including Olympic hockey player Caitlin Cahow ’00.
award-winning principal of Animas Elementary School in Durango, Colo., and attributes much of her success to her experience as both a student and teacher at Foote. Former Foote Head Frank Perrine introduced Lisa, who
Lisa Sandine Schuba ’83 received the Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of her dedication to elementary education. Lisa is the
2013 Alum Achievement Award recipient Lisa Sandine Schuba (center) with former Foote teacher Bob Osborne and former Head of School Frank Perrine.
Abbie Paine ’93 with husband Peter Hadler and their two boys.
Anna Huntington Deming and Barby Jones Hale ’35 celebrate their 78th reunion.
spoke of the importance of perseverance, the acceptance of different learning styles, and the ways in which Foote teachers capitalize on their students’ strengths to give them the self-confidence they need to succeed. Bob Sandine, Lisa’s father and a former Foote faculty member, beamed in the front row as Lisa accepted the award. After lunch in the Hosley Gym, some alums went on a neighborhood tour with architectural historian Colin Caplan ’94 while others attended an open meeting of the Foote Alumni Council to discuss the organization of the Foote archives and plans for Foote’s centennial in 2016–17.
Former gym teacher Annie Clark with Stu Clement ’34 and Anne Campbell Clement ’39 who will celebrate their 75th and 80th reunions in 2014.
Emily Mendillo Wood ’51, member of the Alumni Council, Brinley Ford Ehlers ’83 and Kirsten Mendillo ’83
The roof deck was the setting for returning alums to gather for wine and cheese before they headed off to class dinners and more celebration. All in all, a very pleasant day!
Retiring gym teacher Ted Willis with wife Lois, son Curt ’91, former art teacher Polly Fiddler and daughter Cindy Willis Divock ’87
Science teacher Tim Blauvelt (left) watches as brothers Peter and Jim Bigwood,’73 and ’68, set off the rocket they constructed during a minicourse to the delight of bystanders.
Janie Whitney Hotchkiss ’35 with her daughter Polly
Former headmaster Frank Perrine catches up with Alumni Council member Elizabeth Daley Draghi ’77.
Why I Help Girls in Ethiopia Find Their Voices By Danielle Flagg ’81 After working for the last 17 years in advertising as an art director and then creative director at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, I finally decided it was time to get ‘off the machine.’ Little did I know that my decision to leap into the unknown would land me in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. But it has taught me that leaping is an essential and life-changing choice. In December 2012, I traveled to Addis Ababa (very fun to say out loud) for six months, where I worked with three other Wieden + Kennedy employees to launch a project for the Nike Foundation called The Girl Effect (girleffect.org). The foundation’s mission is to eradicate poverty by empowering girls and giving them voice. “When we include girls in education, health and economic investment,” the Girl Effect’s website reads, “we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty.” Our six-month experience was memorable and radically powerful. We worked collaboratively with a local Ethiopian agency made up of three dynamic women, each of whom had previously run their own Ethiopian companies in finance, production and strategic insights. Our task was to launch a ‘brand’ in Ethiopia that the Nike Foundation had been crafting over the previous 18 months. This entertainment brand is called Yegna, which means “ours” in Amharic — the most common of the 82 languages spoken in Ethiopia. Yegna is made up of three elements: a radio drama about five Ethiopian girls, a radio talk show that followed the drama, and music (an album) generated from each episode of the drama. It will be a three-year effort with nine seasons. 68
Danielle Flagg (center) sharing a spirited moment with her colleagues in Ethiopia.
As I had never worked on a campaign focused on changing beliefs and behavior without the intention of selling a physical product, it was powerful to think about how these storylines, these characters, these conversations and this music could all potentially create a movement — a sense of belonging and identity for girls in Ethiopia, where one in five girls report having no friends. During our six months, we worked under conditions that were often challenging: electricity failures every other day, internet and cell phone debacles, multiple language barriers, early morning ‘chants,’ goats galore and of course, amoebas that affected our guts. However, the stresses of our experience were often accompanied by peals of laughter. The solidarity we experienced as four women working together in a developing country helped me recognize the importance of building friendship and support systems that encourage the progress and empowerment of girls and women worldwide.
When I think back on my Foote School experience, I realize there was an incredible level of support for girls from both the male and female faculty. As a result, we all supported each other and grew in self confidence. I remember the many role models I had, including Francie Irvine, Carol Ross, Bob Sandine, Bob Osborne and Susan Bishop. Above all, Annie Clark had a huge influence on me. Not only did she help shape my perception of my potential as a young girl athlete, but her encouragement and perpetual positivity, along with her perseverance, are all qualities I have admired and kept with me over the years. I feel lucky to have had that community and connectivity. I wouldn't be the same without it. It is my hope to pass along that same sense of community and empowerment to Ethiopian girls who seek it in a radically different culture. Read and experience more about Yegna including the first music video at www.yegnaplayer.com and www.facebook.com/yegna. Foote Prints
In 2016, The Foote School celebrates its 100th birthday.
Send us your memories! In anticipation of our centennial celebration, this summer we launched the Foote School Archives. Thanks to Foote alumnae Muffie (Clement) Green ’61, Kate Reilly Yurkovsky ’08 and Anika Zetterberg ’13, who cataloged a mountain of photographs, memorabilia and historic documents. Now we need your help. Please contact the Alumni & Development Office if you can contribute any of the following to the archive and centennial celebration: • Photos, artwork or writings from your Foote days • Extra or unwanted Foote apparel, banners, key chains or pencils • An interview — share your memories • Your time — volunteer in the Archives Contact Maria Granquist at firstname.lastname@example.org
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Grandparents Day Friday, October 11, 2013
Grandparents and special friends gather in the morning to visit children in their classrooms and attend minicourses designed to provide an inside view of Foote.
Young Alums Day
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The classes of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 are invited back to Foote for brunch and to catch up with classmates and former teachers. Invitations will be mailed to studentsâ€™ home addresses in early November. Details also will be posted on the schoolâ€™s website and at www.facebook.com/FooteAlums.
Alumni Reunion Day Saturday, May 3, 2014
Watch for details in the mail, on www.footeschool.org, and on www.facebook.com/FooteAlums. This is a special reunion for the classes ending in 4 and 9, but all alumni are welcome! Questions about any of these events? Contact Maria Granquist in the Alumni and Development Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-777-3464).
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